Obama introduced the world to a woman who “was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons â€” because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.”
“Tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America â€” the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can,” he said.
Cooper first registered to vote on Sept. 1, 1941. Though she was friends with elite black Atlantans like W.E.B. Du Bois, John Hope Franklin and Benjamin E. Mays, because of her status as a black woman in a segregated and sexist society, she didn’t exercise her right to vote for years.
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President-Elect Barack Obama’s Victory Speech!!
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
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Suggested music to inspire you while you wait in line….Might as well party while you cast your historicÂ vote!!
Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Stevie Wonder – Frontlines
Sly & the Family Stone – Every Day People
Donny Hathaway – Young, Gifted and Black
Kool and the Gang – Celebration
James BrownÂ – Say ItÂ Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud
Bob Marley – Get Up, Stand Up
Frankie Beverly and Maze – Happy Feelin’s
Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
Isley Brothers – Fight the Power
Earth, Wind & Fire – Shining Star
Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
Curtis Mayfield – Move on Up
Otis Redding – A Change Is Gonna Come
…..add your own….