November 5, 2008 at 12:13 am (politics) (, )

Obama was not my original choice. We disagree in so many ways. But I saw something tonight I really haven’t seen in awhile.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing – Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She 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 – because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America – 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.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

( only part; read more here)

and then there was a drum circle and singing at the flag pole. I don’t remember the last time patriotic songs made me cry

I ‘m not sure where I will be tomorrow — but tonight I feel hopeful and it was amazing to feel surrounded by hope.

There are many places I disagree with Obama–but I will not argue with hope

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