Tuesday, January 27, 2009

One Week Later - Reflecting on Inauguration Day of President Barack Obama from NCCU Transfer, Shawnita Luster....

Written on Inauguration Day by NCCU Transfer student, Shawnita Luster:

Today, we as a people stood together, not to comfort each other in grief and fear because of some far reaching threat brought on by a foreign power, but in hope.

We came together to commemorate history. For today, a man took vows to place our needs before his own. He committed to change, progress, and the reclaiming of America’s history, a history that is sipping with purpose and great successes. This man reminded us that we are in a very real “crisis”.

America is facing an overwhelming set of problems, but we shall prevail, just as the generations before us prevailed. This new leader while being poised in the shadow of leader’s before him promised that now the hard decisions will be made for the betterment of our country. No more will we make decisions for the privileged few. No more will we accept ‘worn out dogma” or endure unfulfilled promises. As our nation is strengthened by change, so will we reach out that all mankind may share in our strength. Then we may revive the spirit of brotherhood between nations. We are made up of many countries, but we are one world.

As I stood watching this momentous event unfold, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and joy. However, this is not just a joyous occasion. It’s a time for hard work. We embark upon a new era of responsibility. As students we are no less responsible. We are required to succeed and success is not easy. Nothing worthy is easy.

We must exhaust every resource to “shapen an uncertain destiny”, not just for ourselves, but for all future generations. We must settle for nothing less than perfection. Perfection isn’t a distant dream. It’s a real and attainable goal. We too must commit to change. One man can’t achieve the dream to improved a nation alone. He needs all of our aid. We have no right to stop. We have no right to fail. We have no right to be quiet. For too long have we been this way. Now is the time to act, yet not in violence, but with potency of mind and determination of will. With every course we pass, every degree we claim and every career we commence we become one step closer to fulfilling the dream.

We must in no way forget that through the inauguration of one man, we proved that we are powerful and that we shall be counted.

Along with President Barack Obama we can now assert our place in history as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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