The Nomination of Barack Obama as PresidentAugust 28th, 2008 at 8:35 am by Louisa Strayhorn under Politics
It’s been a long time since I cried for anything other than a funeral. But I cried today as I thought about how far we have come. My mother told me that she cried when she was forbidden to come get me when at 4 yrs of age I wandered to the white section of the train going to Virginia. I thought about how my father said he wanted to cry when his father sent him away from his home in Georgia to keep him from being lynched for talking back to a white farmer who lived next door. I cried that neither is alive today to see a man who looks like them be nominated President of the United States. I cried when I thought about how neither one believed this country would rid itself of hatred for black skin and allow an intelligent African American man to be commander in chief of the greatest country in the world. I am glad this country today proved them wrong. I cried today because it is a bittersweet “I told you so” and I wish they were alive so I could laugh and hug them and we all could express the joy in our hearts together as the delegates from Virginia, including the Governor, cried and hugged each other and said thank God, thank God at last America is giving a true sign that it will keep the commitment to be the promiseland for all regardless of color.