Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Professor Tracey Wants To Know What This Historic Day Means To You - Please Share Your Thoughts, Hopes, And Dreams!


Sharifa January 20, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

Hi there!

Well, today I feel so happy and moved that this country actually has a black president. This is a day for all americans to celebrate and be proud, but I think especially for us, it is a special day to reflect on all of the work and sacrifice of those who came before us, which made this day possible. The ancestors must be so proud. I know that President Obama (listen to that!) isn't a miracle worker, but I still have hopes that having such a president can be an inspiration, so that we all, blacks especially, can do our part to work, and make the changes that we want to see. I hope that this period can be a kind of rebirth of black civic/political engagement in places where that has fallen off. I think that having such respectable black people in the white house will do a lot for our image in this country--to combat some of the negative images that are put out there, especially of black women.

I am excited, and was moved to tears. I hope and pray for the Obamas' success and safety, and courage and wisdom for the great task ahead. And I hope that we do better also. I don't think his election means there aren't still barriers for us, but I think some of the old excuses will have to be put aside. If we get up, and do the work, we can effect more change in the places that we work, play, worship, or live, than even the president. It's just wonderful to have someone in that office that we can have some respect for, and be inspired by to do what we should be doing anyway.

Sorry that was so long. =)

wisdomteachesme January 20, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

hey PT. i saw you were at work some today. not cool. it snowed in these parts. and you know us nc people--lolo a few inches stops us. lolo-i think it was a gift from God that all the schools and a few business were closed all day and some tomorrow. got to stay home and enjoy this great day of Gods Purpose being seen. The girls loves it! They asked questions and made their comments-it wa very good for them!

But, all of what happened is still sinking in right now. thinking on so much and then also just quiet thoughts of wonder.

holding on to parts of his speach going over it to make sure i get all i can out of it.

knowing that so much has just happened and that no matter what, i believe that he was put here for just a time as this. no matter what has happened in the past--this is the time-the oportunity to by faith begin to step into the Changes that are being done Through him and his family.

i am excited and in awe at what God has done through -for-with-Obama and his family. God's Timing is Here-i wonder how many are going to stop gripping long enough to do something? how many will have the faith to go forward now that "the first shall be last and the last shall be first?"
how nothing that man could dream up to do Could Ever Stop Gods plans and Will.
His Love cannot be stopped.

it's still sinking in,
and in the mean time; i'm praising God that we have the $ to pay the water bill tomorrow. last day to pay.

Divalocity January 21, 2009 at 7:44 AM  

Just being here has inspired me to be the change I'd like to see in my own community. The celebration is over and many of our people have to remove the words 'I can't' from their vocabulary because all it means is, I won't or don't want to. We have got to do better than we are now and this is a step in the right direction. Poverty alleviation is the first step in eliminating everything that affects our country and this world. Economic empowerment can change the world.

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