Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Congratulations to Senator Obama!

Yesterday in my post regarding the passing of Bo Diddley I linked to some footage of him performing his self titled song released in 1955. That was before Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream Speech, before the end of Jim Crow laws, before civil rights legislation, and before Barack Obama was born. The camera pans several times to the audience showing white kids bopping to Bo's rhythm and blues, but in the last few seconds (about 5:17 in) the camera pans to a segregated group black girls enjoying the show from what appears to be the balcony. That was fifty years ago, when many southern states legislated that blacks had to use a separate entrance, learn at a separate school, drink from a separate faucet, sit at the back of the bus, and could only sit in the balcony at theaters...Last night our nation made Barack Obama the Democratic candidate for President of the United States of America. It's foolish to think that racism no longer exist in this country, but forty years after the tragic loss of Dr. King, I think that our nation did judge Senator Obama by the content of his character and not the color of his skin.

  1. June 4, 2008 -

    There you go! Let it begin with you. Hey, Larry, if you get a chance check out my office...I'm really proud of it as you will read! http://freelancerslament.blogspot.com/

  2. Karol Morrison
    June 4, 2008 -

    Poignantly written. A nation without prejudice;what a novel thought...but yes it is a long awaited beginning at last. I am even more proud to be an American.

  3. June 4, 2008 -

    Thanks Bob, Glad to see that the freelancer's lament is back from hiatus with that great post of your new office. Great space, love the HG Wells stuff. Karol, Thanks for commenting...Maybe Donna and I will be able to travel to Europe without the feeling like the ugly Americans. L

  4. Linda Weber-Smith
    June 4, 2008 -

    4 years ago while in my kitchen I was listening to the democratic convention and had to stop what I was doing to see who this remarkable speaker was. When I got into the family room the reporters said Senator Obama...I told people I saw the next day he would be president one day. I am very happy about this choice. And hopefully all those who are patriotic will realize this IS THE DREAM... Linda

  5. June 4, 2008 -

    Wonderful drawing of him and his triumphant smile. Fabulous! I'm on a 3 day work retreat and just now getting a chance to check in on blogs and art I enjoy. This does my heart good.