Thursday, August 28, 2008

Watch Part of "The Dream" Tonight!

With the 45th anniversary of MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech being marked today, there is only one thing on my mind and that is what this post is about...

Tonight, Sen. Barack Obama will formally accept the nomination for President of the United States. He will be speaking at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado to a crowd of more than 70,000 attendees. Please watch his speech and call your friends to see if they are tuning in!

I know there may be some eye-rolling because there is a diverse span of opinions in the Black community regarding American politics. I know many Black people who've never voted and are proud of it and use America's racial past and still existent racism to justify their lack of participation in the political system.

I know some others feel that the American political system does nothing for Blacks and means nothing to Blacks (We probably would have had a better response to Hurricane Katrina under a Democrat!)

I know some feel the wrong candidate won the Democratic primary.

And, there are others who think Barack Obama just isn't Black enough and that "the dream" doesn't apply to him.

Well, I don't care if you're a former Hillary Clinton supporter or if you don't like Barack Obama for something he can't change (being half-white and/or being half-Kenyan) or if you have any other issues with him.


I don't know about you, but I'm not even 40 years old and I never thought I'd live to see this day. This Black man and his beautiful Black family are on the verge of becoming the First Family of this country. There's hard work to be done, but it is possible.

Tonight, do yourself a favor and don't let history pass you by!

If you hadn't planned on watching Sen. Obama's acceptance speech, please tune in. If you don't want to hear all of the day's speeches, then tune in for Obama at 10 pm EST.

If you have cable, the best way to watch the convention is on C-Span. There are no talking heads babbling over the speakers and you get to hear the case for Barack Obama and against John McCain and the GOP.

ELECTIONS MATTER! If you are like many other Americans, your life has probably gotten tougher over the last eight years. I'm a believer that we can change things, as corny as it sounds. You have to believe and then you have to do the work.

If you are not registered to vote, please register!! Even if you aren't sure you want to vote this year, please register. Give yourself the option on election day! Too much is at stake. War and peace are at stake! We can't sit on the sidelines.

I'm not telling you who to vote for, just vote. Do it for MLK. Do it for the ancestors. Do it for those who died for your right to vote. Don't let anyone talk you out of voting.

When election day is near...tell your friends to vote!

Send email. Send text messages. Get out the vote, follow some of the issues being debated, watch at least one debate. Make up your mind and then vote. I don't care if you write-in a name on your ballot. Make sure you are heard. Don't disenfranchise yourself.

Visit Barack Obama's website at

Make a donation, if you can. It's whatever you can spare!

And, dont' history being made tonight. If you're cynical about politics, you might be surprised at how emotionally you respond to what's happening!

Tomorrow, post your thoughts on Obama, the anniversary of MLK, and/or on Obama's speech.



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