Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I Celebrate

I got this email today from Mahogany Butterfly and I just have to share.


I Celebrate

I celebrate for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose dream is now officially a reality.

I celebrate for Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins - 4 little girls killed while attending Sunday School at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

I celebrate for the Little Rock Nine.

I celebrate for the Freedom Riders.

I celebrate for Nat Turner.

I celebrate for Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.

I celebrate for 14-year-old Emmett Till, a teenage boy tortured and murdered for whistling at a white woman.

I celebrate for Rosa Parks.

I celebrate for Medgar Evers, a civil right leader killed by a sniper's bullet.

I celebrate for the murdered and exiled residents of Rosewood, FL.

I celebrate for the black men and women who persevered through the Jim Crow Era.

I celebrate for the three civil rights workers, found buried 6 weeks after disappearing in Mississippi.

I celebrate for the four black students who began sit-ins at a lunch counter where black patrons were not served.

I celebrate for Thurgood Marshall who successfully argued to overturn segregation.

I celebrate for the thousands of African Americans killed by lynching.

I celebrate for the 399 victims of the Tuskeegee Experiment - black men unknowingly infected with syphilis for a government study of the disease.

I celebrate for 29 victims of the Atlanta child murders in 1979.

I celebrate for Michael A. Donald the 19-year-old lynched by two Klansmen in 1981.

I celebrate for James Byrd, the 49-year-old black man chained to a truck and dragged to death through the streets by 3 white supremacists in 1998.

I celebrate for the men and women who marched in Selma, some who paid for our voting rights with their lives.

I celebrate for those who never thought they would live to see this day, and for those who unfortunately did not.

I celebrate for my children, who will grow up with the confidence in knowing that they can truly be anything they want to be in life, even President.

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