Barack Obama

There could be no hope without the milestone accomplishments of African Americans along the way. Many only see and feel the pain of our struggle. Yet, the steady progression is a reality. Yes, there are some old Jim Crow attitudes and actions that still prevail in America. Black young lives are still devalued by whites and the American Justice system. Fact – we still have miles to go. But, we “MUST” acknowledge the major leaps forward in equality in almost every area in North American culture.

There is no position that represents America and represents power than the highest seat in America, the Presidency of the Free World! The milestone of the toils of plantation life to the manifestation of an African American U.S. President, Barack Obama represents the culmination of 397 years of slavery. From the year 1619 in Jamestown, Virginia when 20 black slaves stepped on to American soil.

There have been major milestones in the journey of human decency by African Americans. Such as the amendments based on the life and protest of a race intended to be servants of a new country. Such as, Amendment 13 on February 1, 1865, Amendment 14 on June 6, 1866 and Amendment 15 on February 27, 1869. In order, these Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are as follows… Amendment 13 – Slavery prohibited, Amendment 14 – Citizenship defined privileges of U.S. citizens and Amendment 15 – Rights of citizens to vote. The Civil War was most pointedly the fate of slavery in America. The reconstruction era milestone, the Harlem Renaissance period milestone, Brown vs. The Board of Education milestone, the civil rights era milestone and the twentieth century black-nationalism milestone. Then there’s the world popularity with black music, sports and entertainment. We have the ears and eyes of the world’s major milestones, but all these are the culmination of the Seal of America’s Presidency!

Never let yourselves or any others devalue this unimaginable attainment of our race!

These are the tears of desperation of the slave in the fields crying out to the heavens of God! The slave girl whom watched her children being ripped from her clutching arms to be sold as goods to a far off Plantation, knowing she would never see them again. This is the man/woman whom walked in a land where they were spit on and belittled! It’s a family knowing their children were mere targets of any angered whites. These are the emotions of a black man, unable to protect or provide for his family. This is the dream of Benjamin Banneker. This is the voice of protest from Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois. This is validation of Nat Turner’s stand. This is the last mile for the NAACP, the last for Medgar Evers, Jessie Jackson, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Leader of the entire Free World! Blacks have been instrumental in America’s journey to the major super power of the Free World. We have taken the greatest throne in the world! The relief of the “Tears in the Trap” rooted in the hope for better. We’ve come to a great achievement. Lost a little on the newer generation, are the small personal racial discriminations our 60’s and 70’s brothers and sisters endured. Lost on “US” is the Presidency. Our generation thinks “It’s about time”. The past generation thinks “I can’t believe it”. When you saw the tears and overjoy of Jessie Jackson, Julian Bond, Rev. Al Sharpton and others, it was amazing. Thank you for the Civil Rights Movement – proof of the blood and lives lost in the process.

Let’s do the one-two on Mr. Obama!

Barack Hussein Obama II (August 4, 1961 – Current)

His death will surely become a new Black History Date. Obama is the 44th President of the United States and the FIRST African American to hold the office. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to his mother Stanley Ann Dunham. She is of English ancestry from Wichita, Kansas. His father is Barack Obama Sr., a Luo from Nyang’ oma Ko gelo, Kenya. His parents met at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. His father was a foreign exchange student, there on a scholarship. They divorced in 1964. Obama Sr. returned to Kenya and remarried. He only visited his son, Obama II once before his death in an automobile accident in 1982. Obama II was 21 years old.

Obama II said regarding his father, “That my father looked nothing like the people around me – My father black as pitch – my mother white as milk – barely registered in my mind”. He attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School. A move to Chicago, Illinois pushed him into a community organization working with low income Chicago residents’ developing projects. In 1996, Obama officially launched his own political career, winning the election to the Illinois State Senate.

It must be touched upon, the backbone of his life. His validation in urban black communities, the strength of Michelle LaVaugh Robinson. Now, the First Lady and the first African American to hold this position – MRS. OBAMA. They married in 1992 and have two daughters – Malia and Sasha Obama.

Obama was reelected in 1998 and again in 2002. He also ran, however unsuccessfully, in the 2000 Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives seat. He did not let this destroy his dream of affecting change politically. At this time, the dream of presidency was not yet formulated!

His early stance against the President George W. Bush’s push for war with Iraq in 2002 set him up for his 52% victory for the vacant Senate seat and his legendary keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

In February, 2007, Obama formally announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. With a historic minority vote and youth drive, unprecedented voter turnout won the 2008 Presidential race!

For the first time in American history, the election of the President had a deeper meaning to the policies and politics of the White House at that time. The critics of Obama are far and wide. The new criticism, I have expound on, is African American President hopeful, Republican Ben Carson. His remarks that President Obama is not connected to the majority of blacks, that he is coming from a mostly suburban existence bears no reflection on Obama’s blackness. In the path of our past, many of our leaders came from privileged existences. Benjamin Banneker, W.E.B Du Bois and Martin Luther King Jr. have all come from different backgrounds. What bonds us is the need for an all-encompassing unity to improve our condition.

What this Presidency means to our World Wide pride is the culmination of our long fought struggle. It pushes us to the fore front of our greater duty to blacks World Wide!

Love your race!

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