Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a relatively wonderful week. With everything that’s been going on, it feels like a great time for a little break from school and a few distractions from the real world. In no particular order, here are four of my favorite finds from the week. Get ready to laugh, celebrate, and learn: Continue reading “Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings”→
Where were you when President Barack Obama won the 2008 Presidential election? I was a sophomore at Spelman College, a Historically Black College for women in Atlanta, Georgia. Sitting on my bed in Laura Spelman dormitory and closely monitoring the results, I was completely overcome with emotion when the final poll numbers were tallied. Barack Hussein Obama would be the next President of the United States. Number 44–the first African American to hold the highest office, not once, but four years later, he did it again and was appointed for two terms. In his time in the oval office, President Obama and his family have been such beautiful role models who have taught me four very important things about this country and myself… Continue reading “Friday Findings: Dear Mr. President”→
A week and a day ago, I had the most surprising and empowering honor of attending President Obama’s Farewell Address. It all happened so quickly, and to be honest, I’m still reeling and processing it all. It’s one thing to hear him speak on television or the radio. It’s an entirely different experience to be in his presence. The energy in that room, as large and overwhelming as it was, was palpable, positive, and moving. Between the President’s heartfelt greeting and emotional thank yous to First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, there were plenty of shouts from the audience begging the POTUS for another term. “FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!” Each sentiment growing louder than the last.
There was a sense of urgency among the crowd. We needed him to carry us through what feels like a darker and more dangerous time than my generation and I had ever faced before. To our call, the POTUS responded, “I can’t do that.” It’s true, eight years is enough, and what’s even truer is that he can’t be our leader forever, no one can. We keep searching and waiting for someone to step up and be the leader we need. Surprise! Tag, we’re it. And the POTUS agrees. He used his platform, his farewell address, to encourage us to pick up the torch and keep moving, keep fighting, keep organizing. His infinite hope in us, in America, in mankind probably feels a little unbearable and even unrealistic at times, but I believe it is this same unwavering hopefulness that can and will carry us through any obstacle we face. And it is this same hopefulness that was and still is reflected in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading “Motivational Monday: You’re the One”→
Today is admittedly a difficult and confusing day. I’d much rather be at home, tucked away in the safety and comfort of my bed, than at work, and I’m sure so many of you feel similarly. I woke up yesterday morning optimistic and confident in a “Clinton” win. Why the quotation marks? I didn’t believe in Hillary Clinton the candidate, but I did believe in her and the Democratic party’s beliefs and ideals. I think of First Lady Michelle Obama’s beautiful speech on acting with decency, on being a good human being. I think of all of the progress the Obama Administration has made towards same-sex marriage and women’s rights. Of course no administration is perfect, but I knew we were all heading in the right direction…a direction that pointed towards greater freedom, justice, and equality for all. Where the pursuit of happiness wasn’t just a dream for some, but a reality for everyone. Perhaps this was all too optimistic, too much of an ideal, but I believed that if we kept pressing on, we would continue to see better and brighter days for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.
I try to keep religion and politics separate from the work I do as a teacher and a blogger, but I think it would be irresponsible and, quite frankly, unrealistic to expect me not to weigh in here. I write this post knowing there are some people who are over the moon, pleased and excited about last night’s election results, but I also know there are others who are feeling deflated and devastated. This has been one of the most bizarre elections. Between the ebb and flow of debates, political ads, SNL skits, and analytical news correspondents, the election has brought out the absolute worst in people. Whether we want to admit it or not, it has taken an emotional toll on each of us. Hillary Clinton has officially conceded. Donald Trump has made his victory speech. And now that it’s finally over, what do we do? Well, we make time and room to care for ourselves. But how?