Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Just words, just post, just hope

This very talented blogger nominated this post of mine for an October Just Post, which is a monthly round up of posts about activism and social justice. (Wow!)

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And she also wrote a fantastic post of her own recently. Go check out her blog; you won't be sorry!

On a somewhat related note, Mark took the girls to the library about a week and a half ago, and they came home with this amazing book called This is the Dream, by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander.

Tonight is the first time I had a chance to read it to them, and I found myself choking back tears. It's a pretty poignant book as it is. The illustrations in the first half of the book depict White/Colored water fountains, schools, restaurants and libraries. The middle of the book features images from the Civil Rights movement - the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the early days of school integration and, of course, marches lead by Martin Luther King, Jr. And the final section of the book shows scenes from modern day America: blacks and whites eating and learning together.

Reading this book one week after America elected it's first black president is, in a word, extraordinary. It is difficult to look through this book without reflecting on the struggles of so many, not so long ago. Their marches, protests, sit-ins and speeches helped carve Obama's path to the White House - a path that just 30 years ago (hell, just 10 years ago), seemed impossible.

Yes, there is still rampant racism in America. Yes, this country still has a very long way to go. But last week's election results are a huge step in the right direction.

I remain proud, joyful and hopeful about what the future will bring. And thankful to those who paved the way.

Rosa sat, so Martin could walk…
Martin walked, so Obama could run…
Obama ran, so our children can fly.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

So proud of our direction.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous alejna said...

Thanks for the kind words!

I'll have to check out that book some time, perhaps when my daughter is older. (She's not yet 3 yet, and I hope still blissfully ignorant of much of the nastiness that humans are capable of.)

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Kimmylyn said...

I get chills knowing my kids will be raised in a country that appears to be moving in the right direction finally..

2:48 PM  

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