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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Barack Obama & Spirits of Change

Barack Obama channeled the spirits of change: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, Jr., Farrakhan, Nelson Mandela, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglas, James Farmer, Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, A. Phillip Randolph, Stokely Carmichael, Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, Roy Wilkins, Rosa Parks, John Lewis, Medgar Evers, W. E. B. DuBois and many others who have fought for change with voices and life so others may benefit.

Barack Obama's acceptance speech as the Democratic Nominee for the presidency was another powerful speech. The only thing missing was outright passion. Restrained for the sake of seeming presidential. Something we demand yet when presidents don't show emotion during times of our choosing we berate them. We want politicians to be like us but not like us.

Anyway, Barack Obama channeled the spirits of change and now it's up to you and me, individuals acting as individuals on behalf of others. We cannot be the change we want to see in the world without the spirit of change as our heartbeat and thoughtbeat.

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  1. Hi Usiku, I agree with some of your statements here. I also disagree. I do not believe Farrakahn has a positive message of change, but a negative entity in the modern political realm.


  2. Farrakhan is similar to Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers, feared and vilified by America when in fact many of the things the Panthers did and The Nation does were/are good for the Black Community. We don't have to agree with everything they did or believed in or what one individual says on any given day but they promoted a change in the mindset of self-sufficiency, individual responsibility and group progress and that's the spirit of what Barack is promoting for Americans and what Americans say Blacks should do but when leaders come forth they beat them down.

    This is what my blog, journal and book are about, to promote thoughtful exchanges, introspection and personal growth. Thanks.


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