It was one of those indelible moments. You know, the ones where you will never forget where you were or what you were doing when it was announced. Through my tears, I watched Barack Obama address a sea of faces – all kinds of faces – young, old, black, white, Asian, and Hispanic. I listened to his message of hope and unity and I thought about where we have been, where we have come from.
I thought about so many of you who have worked so hard and so tirelessly to educate and to unite our communities. I thought about the decades of work that have gone in to this fight against racism and bigotry and the people I have met along the way. Each and every one of us HAVE made a difference – we haven’t won the war – but we HAVE left our mark.
Through my joyous weeping, I dedicated every tear to anyone who had spoken out against racism, who had refused to silently accept bigotry, who had stared hate in the face and turned it away. Because of you – last night was possible. Because of you – the American dream that all things are possible became a reality for millions more. Thank you.