Friday Music Club

The Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement

Odetta has passed away at the age of 77.  This woman had a voice that could move mountains.  Strength, courage and power.  She dearly wanted to sing at Obama’s inauguration.  I get teary thinking of her singing something like “We Shall Overcome” of “Glory Hallelujah” (seen below) as the first African-American is sworn in as president of the United States.

Godspeed Odetta.

The first 2 clips are from earlier this year.  The rest are from varoious points in her career.

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Barack Obama

A Change Is Gonna Come

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that’s on my mind tonight’s about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She’s a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn’t vote for two reasons — because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin. And tonight, I think about all that she’s seen throughout her century in America — the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can’t, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can.

At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

 When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

 

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that “We Shall Overcome.” Yes we can.

 

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.

 

And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.

 

Yes we can.

 

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves — if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

 

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

 

This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.

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Barack Obama

History

I was there when history was made.  

I was there when the voice of the people rose to change history.

I was there when this country made an amazing step forward.

I was there with 150,000 friends.

I was there with those who were beaten and battered.

I was there with those who struggled to get to this day.

I was there when a man of the the people became the leader for the people.

I was there when he called for us to sacrifice.

I was there when he promised a long road ahead.

I was there.

And now…

I Am Here.  

Yes We Can!

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The insipraton for the above.  From Pres. Elect Obama’s acceptance speech.

The road ahead will be long.  Our climb will be steep.  We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.  I promise you – we as a people will get there.  

There will be setbacks and false starts.  There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem.  But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.  I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.  And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.  

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If you look near the top left of the picture you can see a crane camera–we were a bit to the left of that.

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Barack Obama

VOTE!

Go vote like your life depends on it!  Vote for Hope!  Vote for Change!  Vote just not for you, but for your children and grandchildren.  Our choices today will affect our years to come.  We are the change we have been waiting for.  Go!  Vote!

Go here to find your polling place.

I waited in line for 25 minutes this morning.  It was great.  By 7 a.m. my ballot was number 97 put into the box.  Normally in our preceint does not hit 97 until the evening rush.  This is exciting.

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