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"Looking at the past must be only a means of understanding more clearly what they must do in the future." --Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
The daddy'g got a confession to make: The inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama as the 44th president proved to be overwhelming. Now don't get it twisted. The daddy didn't go all boo hooing over this thing while holding a kleenex box in his hand. After all, as a reporter for three newspapers city newspapers, the daddy saw things like kids lying face-down in a pool of blood after being gunned down and writing about them with a cool head, finishing up just before deadline. But this inauguration left a brotha speechless and he is still having a hard time writing about it.
Now, the daddy could describe the event: Rick Warren's rambling invocation, Aretha's stirring song, Obama's great speech, and Rev. Lowry's last words (which made him want to laugh and cry at the same time). But here's what he can't do:
* Capture the looks on the black children's faces as they listened to a person who looked like them speak as a respected leader of their country;
* Capture the pride on the faces of older black men and women (some in wheelchairs) showing what they were witnesses to something that they thought would never happen; and
* Capture the unbelievable pride and happiness of some of the old lions of the civil rights movement, the ones who gotten beaten at Selma, outside restaurants and near bridges, now realizing this day, a day when one of their own has become president, one of their own-- Rev. Lowery-- would give the last word.
Now, since the daddy couldn't capture these feelings, he thought he would do what he always does when he can't write a speech or article to do a story justice: play some music. So he put on Sam's Cooke's "A change is gonna come," a song he wrote after he was not allowed to stay at a hotel because of the color of his skin. The music captures the sad feeling, but the words captures the spirit of resistance that no water hose, vicious dog, billy club or shotgun at midnight can ever take away.
The overwhelming thing about today is that people saw change come to America today. Sam Cooke said it would.
Someday, I'll be able to capture it.