January 22, 2009
Letters To The Editor
Thanks for good time:
Thank you and The South Reporter staff for the reception for Dale Hollingsworth. I had a “good time,” especially seeing again students I had taught more than 50 years ago.
I was at Potts Camp, 1948-1950; in military service, 1950-1952 (Korea, 1951-1952); and back at the camp, 1952-1955.
This is a historic day and time in the life of America. I am proud to be an American knowing the power of our character as a people to impact the world. There is no other country in the world that has the diversity and potential to make change happen. There is no other country where people of all ethnic groups are allowed to participate in the government of the country, this country. America is a blessed place. We are blessed to be in this place despite the politics and great challenges we still face as a nation.
OK, enough of my usual soapbox stances. It was great seeing Obama inaugurated as our 44th president. A man with an inspirational message of hope and skill. This is an enormous responsibility, and believe me, one that will be tried every minute he is in office. We as a nation are still divided on many issues and have not fulfilled MLK’s dream for our nation.
However, this is a tremendous start but far from where we need to go to reduce, for example, unemployment among African-Americans and whites, to correct the economy, to provide a decent, affordable health care system, to get America’s relationship with the world back on track. We can make it happen only when we begin to accept the realities of our dark history and commit to making our future better.
I am delighted this day knowing that individuals like yourself have begun to see the truth of our nation, our past and say that it was wrong and we strive to make it better because the truth about the pain and hurt it caused will be no more.
Slavery was bad but hopelessness is worse as a living element in our time. This country is in pain and we are hoping that President Obama will make history, correcting and restoring the seeds of hopefulness.
Gosh, I am excited to have friends like you who will also revel in this moment that is bringing a sense of hope and celebration to make us all a better people because of our diversity and interest.
I am sorry for randomly chatting and sharing on this glorious day. It makes all that I have been writing about real, as a necessary message and story. America needs to know and realize that our struggle is not over and today is a chapter of new beginning. Glad you are part of this moment and hope you will commit yourself to making the future brighter. I’ve written a lot about Emancipation, Lincoln, Marshall County, Mississippi and African-Americans here. I hope to share this with you all in my publications in 2009.
Thank you for being who you are and a fantastic friend. I pray that you and your family will continue to stay healthy and safe. I love you for you, and the wonderful ways you let your spirit of sharing and caring embrace all those around you. You are a special person. I thank God for you.
Do have a good day and keep in touch.
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