In 1962, dissatisfaction had become prevalent in black communities throughout the U.S. The African American unemployment rate was double the rate of whites and major civil rights reforms had not yet been achieved.
Today, August 28, 2008 Senator Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States of America.
What is truly fascinating about this day is its historical significance. So many things has happen that changed this country and was America’s example of true patriotism to the world.
On this date in 1917 women who hoped, worked and fought for change in America were arrested at the White House as they protested President Woodrow Wilson to support women’s right to vote.
On this date in 1955 a 14 year-old boy from Chicago, IL was murdered while visiting his cousin in Money, Mississippi. The teenager was taken from his cousin’s home by force, brutally beaten with his eyes gouged, shot in the head, thrown in the Tallahatchie River with a 75lb cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. The suspects of this act of terror were acquitted by the all white jury of their peers, but later admitted to committing to the murder.
The death of Emmett Till was one of the motivating events that sparked the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.
On this date in 1963 a young man by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in the shadow of President Lincoln at the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and delivered a speech that was originally titled, “Normalcy No More”, but you may know it as “I Have A Dream”. A call to action that many has continued to this day.
It was on this date in 2005 when a hurricane by the name of Katrina hit the gulf coast. It was the first day that the world got to see George W. Bush and his Republican friends’ definition of Compassionate Conservatism in form of their response to the aftermath of that hurricane.
Today, Thursday, August 28, 2008 Democrats and those who join in with them has awaken from a dream that has become a nightmare fore many. They have awaken to ask the question of themselves, “Look at how far we have come?”
In terms of the state of our economy, stability and where we stand in our relationship to others and the world is shaky. In terms of the overwhelming call for action and change in our country, the march towards freedom and jobs is U.S. is up to you.
I want to take a moment to look back at the speech that was originally called, “Normalcy No More” but is better known as “I Have a Dream”.