Comments continue to pour in concerning the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. More:Angela Steele, Graduate Student in the School of Education:
“I must say that in my 44 years on this earth, I never been so proud as I was last night, except for the birth of my children of course. To see the young adults come out to vote for the first time, to see many people who were voting for the first time, and to see our senior citizens walk so proudly to vote for something that has been long over due was so emotional. I only wish that my father and grandparent we here today to experience this wonderful history. I know they are looking down on us today smiling and shouting in excitement as all of us did last night. My grandfather was a slave and died ten years ago at the age of 98. This truly would have been a proud moment for him. “
Daniel V. Pierce, Graduate Student in the School of Professional Studies:
“History was made on November 4, 2008 because something special happened that may never happen again.
Senator Barack Obama was elected President of the United States of America. What makes this such a special event is Sen. Obama is an African American. This is not just African American history, this is American history period. The Rev. Dr. Martain Luther King Jr. once said, “I have a dream of equality and justice for all people.” As we move forward I believe along with this victory, we need to keep his vision and his dream alive.”
“Yes we can! Finally a change that was well over due! A man that most common people can relate too. Also who kept his cool throughout the whole election process. A man who refers to everyone as a whole and not by race or gender. A great man with remarkable perseverance and strength.”
Tracey Prince, Human Resources:
“What is this historic moment all about? Although President-elect Barack Obama represents both, it’s not just about being black or white. It’s not just about red states or blue states. It’s about us, a united people, understanding the issues and feeling the pain at the pump, at the grocery store, in our bank accounts and retirement accounts, at war, and saying NO MORE! No more of the same ideology. We wanted change, so we voted for change. We are ready to support change and we are ready to BE changed. It’s about us, the united people of this country, finally believing that we do, in fact, make a difference; that our individual and collective voices are heard by the “powers that be”. It’s about what I heard on the radio this morning… that any dad, regardless of race, can tell his child, “You can be whatever you want to be”, and believe it.
“So, what does this mean? The crowds and celebrations have waned for now, but will resume again on January 20, 2009; but what happens on January 21, 2009? We must work collectively to support President Obama’s success. As he pointed out in his acceptance speech, there is a tough hill to climb ahead. We may not get to the promised change right away, but we can be supportive by listening, being our brother’s keeper, and being active in the change initiatives. Will the Obama administration be perfect? Absolutely not. Will we sometimes disagree with the decisions of this Change Agent? Absolutely. So, supporting change will mean that WE have to change, and change can be uncomfortable. Therefore, instead of griping and criticizing our new President and his administration, and doing nothing, we must work together to help, not only him in his success, but also the United States of America to re-define what success looks like. It all started last night with…Change.”
Susan Church, Graduate Student in the School of Professional Studies:
“My husband, who is legally blind, attended the Virginia School for the Blind–the one for the “colored” children, not the one for the “white” children. The two schools were in different parts of the state.When I realized that Barack Obama was indeed going to be President, I thought about my husband’s experience and of how far this country has come since the late ’50s. It wasn’t that long ago, really. I hope that we continue to move forward to heal the wounds that have long divided this country.”
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