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Monday, September 1, 2008

Flying for change

August 28, 2008 was an historic day. Illinois Senator Barack Obama was the first African American man to accept the Democratic nomination for president. Did anyone think that was possible 10 years ago? It is also the day that New York Senator Hillary Clinton was in the race. Times are changing. Okay, Obama has not won the election, but at least he is in the running.

August 28, 1963 was an historic day. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a march on Washington, DC. It was call The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Over 250,000 people attended. It was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation's capital, and one of the first to have extensive television coverage.

I was fortunate to be in Washington, DC on August 28, 1983 and participated in the 20th anniversary of the month. I could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air. People still clamored for change then as they do now.

Now we have change. We cannot stop here. We cannot stop now. We cannot wait for another August 28th. We should not wait. Each of us must do our part to affect change. It does not have to be discussed on national television. It can start in your neighborhood. It can start with one person. The point is that it has to start.

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