"We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. We know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven." Rick Warren (President Obama’s 2009 inauguration)
“I remember it well,” sitting in the bitter cold in the midst of people, seeing and not believing what was emerging, as our minds and hearts beat as one. “Ain’t it funny how time slips away.” Seems like “we’ve only just begun” when we stood on the train platform in Edgewood, Md., numb but oblivious from the cold as we waited for the train caravan travelling to Washington transporting the hopes and dreams of our ancestors. I remember it well. By the time the train passed, I could barely raise my arm to wave but the pride on my face captured by CNN for all America to see spoke volumes.
“This girl is on fire.” Fired up and ready to go. Can you believe it’s been four years since millions of us stood proudly with President Obama as he raised his right hand and took the oath of office. We removed our hands from our coat pockets, removed our gloves and raised our right hand in unison as tears froze in place on our beaming faces.
“Ain’t no stopping us now we on the move. There've been so many things that have held us down, but now it looks like things are finally comin' around, yeah I know we've got a long long way to go, and where we'll end up I don't know.”
I was determined to witness every aspect of the first inauguration of President Obama. It was a cold weekend but nothing was going to stop me. “What a difference a day makes.” “Here we go again” Four years later, we are still excited, but like anything else in life, we take certain things for granted.
“Oh Lord I want to be in that number” the “second time around” and raise my right hand in support and solidarity, however the word BUT is invading my mind i.e. but I woke up late, but it’s cold, but it’s too many people.
"Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” Postman’s Oath
But, “I’ll be there” “one in a million” of people “fired up and ready to go” “forward!” Will you be there?
Looking for inauguration activities in the nation’s capital, check out www.thefabempire.com for a list of “the happenings”, or hangout at the Mayflower Hotel’s lobby bar, the inauguration hotspot to see and be seen.
Carlos Hutchins Production’s Inaugural Ball is Jan. 21 at The Champagne Room with a buffet open bar and music by The Ryze Band. Call 443-963-5711 or www.champagneballroom.com for tickets.
"We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart." Martin Luther King
“Simply the best” Congratulations to Baltimore City Public Schools educator and school board member Jerrelle Francois, the recipient of the prestigious 2012 School Board Member of the Year Award presented by The National Alliance of Black School Educators at their conference in Nashville, Tenn.
“I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of this honor than Jerrelle Francois. Her entire career indeed, her entire life is one of selfless dedication to the wellbeing of the students and families of Baltimore.” Dr. Andres Alonso
NABSE presents this award to a school board member who has demonstrated a commitment to representing and facilitating the educational needs of children.
“May you always work like you don’t need the money; may you always love like you’ve never been hurt; and may you always dance like there’s nobody watching.” Jack Canfield
Celebrate Bobby’s Birthday Cigar Event 7 p.m., Jan 24 at Bobby’s Jazz Club with Perdomo representative Walt Cukier and special features Grand Marnier 100, Crown Royal and Brother Thelonious Beer.
It’s your birthday Dr. Charles Towns, my sister Cheryl Johnson, The Place’s Ann Winder, James “Big Lew” Lewis, Jo Lewis, Audrey Monroe, James “Jimmy” Lewis, and William “Billy Bones” Andrew.
“Putting on the Ritz” at the magnificent Eutaw Place home of George Wallace and Sarah Holley as guests from California, Atlanta, and D.C. enjoyed crooner Prynce Myke’s rendition of Nina Simone’s “feel good.” This festive black tie party was perfect for us to dance the night away as we sipped, mingled and nibbled.
“Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.” Michael Josephson
"You better call Tyrone; call him, but you can’t use my phone” unless you are calling Tyrone Qualls to obtain health and wellness counseling. For information on a healthy lifestyle, call 443-750-2708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men” Quintus Ennius
The holidays brought “joy & pain.” for some. We extend condolences to the families of Marguerite Peterson, Patricia Francis, Jeanie Foster, Vincent Thomas, Tracey Harper, Paige Davis Sr., Joe Terry and Wanda Purdie during their season of grief at the death of their loved ones.
“I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me…” President Barack Obama
“I’ll be seeing you” Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch GO RAVENS!