When Nicholas was in the third grade he had to select a famous Black American to represent in a “living history museum” for Black History month. He wanted to do Colin Powell…again.
I had just finished reading Dreams From My Father by Senator Barack Obama and was really impressed with his candor and eloquence. I suggested him.
After doing the research Nicholas was impressed as well. His presentation was a big hit. Later his teacher pulled me aside and expressed her curiousity about how Nicholas came to present him. I told her that I recommended him after reading his autobiography.
I am excited about Obama coming to office. I believe he is truly dedicated to the job of making America better for us all. This simple act of Americans joining together to vote him as president shows that anything is possible. I know that he will be under a lot of scutiny, but I believe he can handle the pressure. He deserves the same opportunity as anyone else to do the job.
My focus is not so much on him being the first Black president. That fact is the cherry on top and it makes his victory much more sweeter. However, I am more buoyed by his poise, plans for America, intelligence, and great potential to lead the country.
Nicholas attends a school in which there is not a single person of color on the teaching or administrative staff. In fact, there are only two Black women in non-licensed positions that work there. The student body is very diverse, so it seems that the staff would mirror this. It seems strange to me that in this day and age that places/schools/attitudes like this still exist. I often wonder what message this sends to my son and the rest of the kids?
I feel fortunate that my son has the opportunity to witness someone such as Barack having the opportunity to be president. I have always told Nicholas that he could be anything he wanted to be. Now I know he can! This morning his was elated by the knowledge of Barack’s win. So was I.