It's Inauguration Day in Washington DC, and not just any Inauguration Day. This is a momentous occasion, and for the United States it is a great leap forward. Welcome to the 21st century.
As a Southerner, I know what I am talking about. I was young, but I remember what the South was like in the 1950s and 1960s — horrible racial segregation, which short-changed a large segment of the American population. And it wasn't just in the South — it was just more obvious there. It was the same all over the country.
Just think how many talented, intelligent individuals never had a chance to get a good education, to succeed in life, to contribute to bettering our society, because of the bone-headed attitudes of the people who held economic and political power for so long. That era is now officially over.
So today I'll just listen and watch from afar. I wish I were there with friends Evelyn and Lewis, out in the freezing cold on the National Mall in Washington. I am there through them and all the others.
No matter whether President Obama solves or doesn't solve all the problems that have been handed to him, nothing can ever diminish his accomplishment and the decisive step into the future that this Inauguration represents. We can all be proud... yes we can.