Statement by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the NC NAACP, on President Barack Obama
"The historic victory of Barack Obama represents moral growth in America for a country that once viewed blacks as three fifths of a person and political growth for a nation that has decided to open itself up to the leadership gifts of all people. Every struggle, every tear, every endurance that brought us to this moment, which is the first step into a brand new transformational era, now seems worth it all the more. At the centennial of the NAACP’s existence, what a testimony to those who believed but never got to see this moment. And, what a gift and a responsibility for those of us who are here to see it. May we be worthy of such a gift and use it to promote a pathway towards an even more perfect union and a nation of justice for all."
In the comments section below, share your observations about President Obama, your experiences of the inauguration, and your reflections on the question that Martin Luther King Jr. asked in 1967, "Where Do We Go From Here?"
- Video of inaugural celebration (including Rev. Barber) from Goldsboro News-Argus: On a snowy January 20 in NC, when many organizations were closed, citizens still came out to watch the Obama inaugural together.
- What Will President Obama Do For Blacks? A Panel Discussion, reported by Cash Michaels
- Inaugural front pages from 50 states and abroad. http://benwikler.com/