The Democratic Nomination's Historic Significance

By Leroy Barber 8-28-2008

I have been watching the Democratic National Convention this week, and I think when Barack Obama gives his acceptance speech tonight it is going to be an important historic moment. This is not to tell you who to vote for. That's up to you. But I can't help but anticipate watching a person of color stand in the place he will tonight. I don't advocate voting for him (or not) because he is a black man, but it sure is encouraging to see history unfold. The amount of anguish that comes with being a black leader is overwhelming sometimes, and this is life-giving. This could be a moment of real possibility for the healing of our nation and an opportunity for people to come together.

I recommend that you watch, and that you watch with a person of color. And if you are a person of color, I recommend that you watch with a white person. Let's live out what the world is looking for so deeply. Caution: If you watch it with me or any other black friends, there might be crying involved. I was near tears this morning just thinking about it.

Leroy Barber is president of Mission Year, a national urban initiative introducing 18 to 29-year-olds to missional and communal living in city centers for one year of their lives. He is also the pastor of Community Fellowships Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

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