- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

To say that Sen. Barack Obama is now the Democratic presidential nominee is to say that history is made again (“America’s historic stride,” Editorial, Thursday). Regardless of ideology - political or otherwise - is this not exciting to see firsthand?

Admittedly, there have been times when I doubted such an event would happen in my lifetime. I am thankful for those people who keep the flame of hope burning every day - in scholarship, citizenship and personal and professional relationships.

I take time to remember those who dedicated their lives so that you and I could see such a day: Frederick Douglass, Abby Kelley, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, John Brown, the Freedom Riders, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King and many more. Perhaps most exciting is what this day means to all children.

No doubt our world still requires much work. This moment in time is not everything, but it is significant nonetheless. This is particularly true for many members of so-called minority groups - history became our story.

MARK HOPSON

Fairfax

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