By Martin M.
It is no doubt that the most powerful person on planet earth is the president of United States of America. This is the most prestigious and respected title by all authorities and people including the Queen of England. Would anyone ever turn down the offer to live in the famous White House? Well, since America got its independence in 1776 from the Great Britain, it has had 45 male presidents. Only one of them was a black American. The question now is if our black men have made it, then why can’t our black women make it also? Are they children of lesser God? What should we do?
Was the candle lit?
The saying goes that a journey of 1000 miles starts with one step. Has the journey to White House started? Which was the first step? The process was initiated a long time ago by the late heroine Sojourner Truth. She championed for women’s right to vote. History has it that women were ignored and denied the right to vote until 1920 when the first woman cast her vote.
In 1968, it went down to books with Shirley Chisholm. She was the first black woman to run for the presidency. The candle was lit. Lenaro Fulani joined the race in 1988, sponsored by the new Alliance Party. Thanks to her good campaigning, she garnered more than a quarter of the total votes. Isabel Masters founded her own party: the Black Party. She used it to run for the presidency in 1992 and 1996. At the age of 90 in 2004, she continued her campaigns. In the year 2004, Carol Mosley Braun ran for the Democratic nomination in the presidential race. Cynthia McKinney also had her chance to show the power of a black woman in America in 2008. Barbara Jordan became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of representatives and Texas Senate. In addition, she was also elected as the first speaker at the 1976 Democratic National Convention.
Thanks to these Heroines for the doors they’ve opened. The question now is, does the current black woman has the energy, zeal, and courage to go for it?
I dream of the White House: as a Black Woman, is my dream realistic?
Currently, we have very powerful and influential women politicians. Dalia Grybauskaite is the president of Lithuana. She tops the list. Tarja Halonen, Laura Chinchilla, Dilma Rousseff, and Cristina Fernadez serve as presidents of Finland, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Argentina, respectively. And Angela Merkel, another woman, is the prime minister of Germany.
With no fear or favor, I can confidently say it’s possible for a black woman to lead the U.S. Others have made it. Why not we in America? Do you dream and really want to be the President? I here confirm that it’s not too late and it’s very possible. Go for it with courage, determination, and do not ever give up.
The famous orator Martin Luther King had a dream that U.S. would, perhaps, one day be led by a black person. It came to pass with Obama’s presidency. Today, I have a dream that U.S. will have a Black American woman president. Will you let me see my dream come true?