Linda Williams: Reflections

My mom makes her first contribution to Dallas South, reflecting her thoughts on the inauguration of Barack Obama.   Thanks Mom!!!!

As I anticipate the inauguration of Barack Obama, I reflect upon growing up attending all-black schools. While gathering for assemblies everyday, we heard words from our principal telling students to study hard in order to achieve, because the day would come when choping/picking cotton would go away. “There will be machines to do this job,” Professor Givens would tell us, ” so you must come to school and get your education.” I often wondered how did he have that type of insight into the future.  What does he know?

With those words in mind, I told my son as he was growing up that in order to achieve it, he must first perceive it and believe it.   The sky is the limit and what you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to Him. What you learn no one can take away.  So what if others think it’s not cool to study.  You be in the minority and do it anyway?

President Obama had never seen a president that looked like him, but he studied, prepared himself and now his inauguration brings it full circle. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to live to be able to experience this monumental time in history.

Our boys and girls no longer have to imagine what it would be like to achieve this goal because the example has been laid out before them. Barack Obama took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

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