A Test of Times

January 19, 2009

Only hours away from experiencing one of the most remarkable moments in history, the Inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, it is natural for one to sit back and reminisce on the leaps and bounds our country has undergone to achieve equality. From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to Barack Obama, America is beginning to keep the promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

At a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day event on Monday, President-elect Barack Obama remembered how Dr. King had, “dedicate[ed] his life to working at the grass roots level on behalf of change, on behalf of making communities better, on behalf of bringing about justice and equality … .” It seems as though a better tomorrow is ahead of us.

Both King and Obama became catalysts of change by going against the odds and following their vision of a new America, an equal America. January 20, 2009, when Obama is sworn in, will be the moment when people everywhere will realize that anything is possible, that anything worth having is, undoubtedly, worth fighting for. Many individuals may not recognize Obama as a new beginning, but his purpose and vision reflect just that.

It would not only be a great effort for an individual to take heed at such a lesson of tenacity, but also to have the audacity to be movers and shakers of their own dreams and goals. In a place in time, where it’s ok to be who you are, there is no excuse to barricade yourself in a box of mediocrity. I charge you, in the spirit of a New Year and a new wave of hope and challenge, to willingly allow your aspirations to unfold. You owe it to your past and you promised your future.

This post, written on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, was written by Sabrina Stewart, 2008–09 AAUW Student Advisory Council member.

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