Under a Crescent Moon
Under a Crescent Moon last night, a diverse army of dissatisfied American citizens - Black, White, Latino, Asian, Native American, youth, elderly, Democrats and Republicans, Independents and others - elected Illinois Senator Barack Hussein Obama as the first Black President of the United States.
He changed the U.S. electoral map by gaining 364 electoral votes and 52% of the country's overall votes, so far.
Kenya declared today a national holiday, according to Agence France-Press.
"Uncontrollable joy and achievement! What drew my tears was I thought about the price that was paid to get to last night...Schwerner, Goodman, Cheney...we often belittle our Civil Rights Movement but that's what made it possible. The Civil Rights Movement was victorious last night," said Rev. Jesse Jackson during an interview with Dominique DiPrima and Greg Johnson of KJLH Radio/102.3 FM's "Front Page" talk radio show.
In a heated, highly anticipated county-wide race, California Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas topped L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks for the 2nd District Supervisor's seat.
President-Elect Obama's win signifies a great achievement and culmination of endless sacrifices and endurance, but this is a beginning of greater struggle and hard work, for there's still much work to be done for the poor and under-served masses.
Check in later today for results on some of the State and County measures and how we can continue to work for the poor, underserved, under-represented as we relish this moment.
More analysis on President-Elect Obama's victory in the upcoming issue of the Final Call.
Peace and blessings,