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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Barack Obama's historic march to the presidency

Today, the daddy is feeling the Barack Obama presidential candidacy. It evolved from decades of black struggle, a struggle which eventually made it easier for Americans to transcend years of racist fear and ignorance and say, "Yes, we can!"

And it's to see that his victory represents a history that evolved through the death of Emmit Till, the Montgomery boycott where Dr. King was arrested, through
the civil rights struggle, the black militancy movement, the
assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, the presidential candidacy of Shirley
Chisholm and Jessie Jackson, and the victorious
candidacy of President-Elect Barack Obama.


BronzeBuckaroo said...

It's the person of Afro American folk since the election, especially the older ones who lived through the events you mentioned. Backs are straighter as America has become America for them at last.

Stella said...

Hey, Daddy. This historic perspective takes me back. As a child, my father marched for Civil Rights and took me.

So, even as a child, I well remember John F. Kennedy, Dr. King, LBJ signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Shirley Chisolm, and Robert F. Kennedy. I think Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Dorothy Parker from deserve inclusion.

Thank you so much for this post that recalls the great leaders and writers who paved the way for Barack and Michelle Obama. It is, indeed, a time for change.

rainywalker said...

Barack Obama's story will fill considerable numbers of history books and school books in the future.

MacDaddy said...

Bronze: Welcome. Well said. Some of us younger people don't quite realize how important this moment is for the previous generation.

Stella: How blessed you are to have a father who had the insight to take you with him...Yes, others should be included. Besides the people you mention, Fannie Lou Hamer, Stokely Carmichael, Jessie Jackson should be included. But there are only so many photos to include in a post. Thans for coming.

Rainywalker said:
"Barack Obama's story will fill considerable number of history books and school books in the future."
Yes, and that's a$ good thing, a very good thing. Blessings.

Nun in the Hood said...

Dear MacDaddy....I believe that President Elect Barack Obama knows deep in his heart that he stands on the shoulders of Giants...many of whom you mentioned.....When he was 28 he spoke these words: "I feel as though I am walking through a door that others have opened."
Thanks for the reflection..... said...

Hello there!

I am happy to see and hear the Barack realizes that his victory is not about him at all...but that his campaign and victory is truly symbolic of a much more profound victory.

As a Gen-Xer, I haven't felt the same feelings that those who experienced Jim Crow felt when they saw Obama take the victory walk with his family.

I know this veers off topic but ...if his wife had been a white woman...what would the response have been from whites and from blacks about this candidate? Would he have won? Have we REALLY evolved as a nation on matters of race? Honestly.

sdg1844 said...

I'm so glad Shirley Chisholm is in your photos. She does not get enough credit for her run for President and her skills as a politician.

I spoke to my Grand Aunt a few days ago (she is 80) and to hear the pride in her voice, did my heart good.

Black Bohemian

Anonymous said...

Black Bohemian

Oh you hit all my soul cells with that poem today. Please don't be modest and put it forth...I hope everyone that reads this will tap on your comment/name here to read it

MacDaddy said...

Bronze and Stella: Thanks for following the daddy's blog, for becoming a member of the Daddy's Crew.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Hey Daddy, People seem to forget about Shirley Chisholm. She was a wonderfully dignified and very intellectual sounding black woman who had the national spotlight for a brief moment in time. But it was just long enough to leave an indelible impression on people's minds of a black person in America who was very capable of great things and leadership outside the civil rights movement. I will never forget seeing her standing on the stage with all the other democratic candidates and condemning George Wallace. . . which was something I had mysteriously not heard from the other candidates.

MacDaddy said...

Sagacious: Yes, I deeply admired her and, frankly, could not understand why she didn't get the praise she deserved. I'm going to do a separate post on her soon. Thanks.

MacDaddy said...

Black Bohemian: Yes, I checked it and I like it. Drop a poem on a brotha and his listeners. And while you at it, go to my sidebar and join up to be a member of the daddy's followers. I like what you say and how you write.

Vigilante said...

What SagaciousHillbilly said . . .