A Black Man in the White House: Yesterday's Dream, Today's Reality. By Richard Imhoagene. May 25, 2013.
Who would've ever thought that a black man would one day become the world's most powerful individual? Indeed, no one would have imagined that the black race would someday rule the world. One man had the vision, some believed it, and yet a few ran with it. Today, the same black man who could not sit in the same bus with a white man a few decades ago is the president of the United States.
"I Have a Dream" was the cliche of the period for the black race. Martin Luther King (Jnr) was the dreamer; best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. With an unstaggering zeal, inspired by the life of Mahatma Ghandi, he passionately championed an anti-racist movement in America that was to change the course of mankind history. For so long, racial segregation was a nightmare for the black community to contend with- a situation which king was determined to change.
When king organized the march on Washington in 1963, he established himself as an advocate for justice and equity. He gave his life to the struggle for racial equality, and his speech "I Have a Dream" is one of the greatest speeches in human history. Moreso, because this dream was followed keenly unto fulfillment. The kind of support and followership he received are like no other, especially among African Americans. However, like Moses in the bible, he was not destined to see the Promised land. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 at the young age of 39years.
On November 6, 2012, President Barack Obama, America's first ever black President, rolled to re-election for another four years as leader of the world super power, United States of America. Never in the history of America has a black man tasted power the way Obama is doing. Neither has there been a black man who has attained the kind of political height Obama has. Like the proverbial "little drops of water that make a mighty ocean," the steps of one man have today taken America to a remarkable destination.
Today, Obama has silenced critics and the few racists we still have by his landmark achievements. He showed great skill as a Commander in Chief when he sent and supervised Navy SEALs to take out Osama Bin Laden from Iraq. Washington Monthly recently round up 50 of his achievements, which is enough to register his name among the likes of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other political greats in America's history. Obama has given credence to the words of the Chinese Philosopher, Lao Tzu, by proving that, indeed, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step."
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