Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States.
The first black man to have that honour.
In 1964 the U.S. passed the Civil Rights Act giving blacks the same rights as whites. In 1965 the U.S. passed the Voting Rights Act. It finally gave Black Americans the right to vote – in every state, without obstacle – and America finally became a true democracy.
The passage for Black Civil Rights campaigners has not been an easy one. At one time or other, blacks had to contend with race riots, lynchings, and the assassination of their charismatic leader Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968.
2008. Just over 40 years later from that Voting Rights Act and America elects a black President.
An incredible achievement and one which Americans should be rightly proud.
Its a glowing example of the American dream finally working.
In 2004 Barack Obama delivered his keynote address to the Democratic National Convention. It was just before the Bush – Kerry presidential election of that year. He talked about his hopes and dreams for America, and then added another:
“The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.”
He had hope in America.
Now America has their hopes in him.
Obama continued that speech:
“Hope — Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!
“In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation. A belief in things not seen. A belief that there are better days ahead.”
Here’s to those better days ahead for all of us!