Two important days are upon us. We are getting ready for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, America’s first African American president, and the National Holiday celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. slain civil rights leader. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday is a day of service. I must say I never knew it was a day that citizens volunteered in their communities until Barack Obama took office. Well, up until then, it was a day off but now you look to volunteer on the federal holiday. Both men are phenomenal in my world.
Who would’ve thought you could see a Black man elected president twice. Watching his political career and now his presidency is example of what my grandmother called,
“… having the hand of God on you.” Who would’ve thought that he would be re-elect with the rich and powerful republicans trying to buy and lie their way back to the white house.
There was a time when all we had was faith. We had faith that we would overcome prejudice, injustice and racism that plagued our daily lives to the point of despair. When I think of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mountaintop speech, I picture him like Moses on the mountain and seeing the future and that future included Barack Obama.
Our despair has turned into hope. HOPE. Hope for a brighter future for our children and generations to come.