Letters To The Editor


November 09, 2008

Now, we can view our futures differently

For generations, when African-Americans were growing up, someone would ask, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Answers would vary as African-American young people gazed through the lenses of historical limitations. After Tuesday night's presidential victory for Barack Obama, making him the first African-American president, we can view our future differently. Now we can believe with renewed hope that it is possible to overcome the odds, realize our dreams and be whatever we want to be.

We can't celebrate this historic event without acknowledging the contributions of so many who dared to dream, sacrificed and suffered so that all people would be able to experience the American dream. People like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and James Rouse to name a few. We are reaping the dividends of their investments for a better America. While they and others did not get to see their dreams come true, their contributions are immeasurable. Where would we be without them?

Now that history has been made, what type of history will we create? There's much work to be done and many challenges ahead. Our new president can't change America by himself. The government can't do it by itself. It's going to take all of us rolling up our sleeves and getting involved. I hope that the excitement in the air will motivate more people to run for public office so that one day, future elected officials, locally and nationally, will reflect even more the great diversity in our county and country. Let us instill and expect excellence from our children, become public servants and agents of change in our community and help others make it through the doors of opportunity that await them.

I cannot close this letter without stating how proud I am to be an African-American in this great country. I also look forward to a future filled with greater potential, possibilities and opportunities for all Americans.

Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, Pastor, St. John Baptist Church

President, African American Coalition of Howard County

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