“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This has been a rough week. We had to truly wrap our heads around the fact that President Barack Obama, the country’s first black president, will be leaving the White House. The eight years he served were my most formative — all of high school, all of college and into the first few months of the real world.
The pain of saying goodbye to this end of an error, stings a bit more as the man who patient zero of the “birther” lie will now succeed him. Smh.
But as a witness to this era of U.S. history, I realize it is my responsibility to pass on the memory of what it was like to grow up with a First Family who resembled my own. That impact of representation cannot be overstated enough. My president was black. It is up to those who witnessed this moment to channel all the hope we felt and it let that fuel our journey in these next four years.