What will they say about us 50 years from now…..
I recently was in East Texas to visit my mom’s gravesite and she and my dad are buried next to each other and it is always and emotional time for me when I make that trek to Gladewater Texas visit my parents. As I make that visit, I think about what my parents shared with me and left in my heart. It was a passing of the baton and in their limited way they did just that.
As I think about President Obama’s second inauguration, I think about what we know of him and what was passed on to him . Clearly he missed the daily dealings with his father, but it did not curtail his leadership abilities. In economic times like these and such separation in Washington D C between the two parties, the President has still been able to move this country in right direction and the last election demonstrates I’m not alone in my thoughts.
Leadership is a quality that has been a part of history in the African American community. Medgar Evers, Malcom X, Martin Luther King come to mind and all died before 40, but their stamp on leadership had already been on display. Attached is note about my father and his leadership in the 60s and that building that he built still stands today. Can we challenge ourselves in 2013 to provide leadership that will stand 50 years from now.
It could be the mayor’s grow south campaign , the Trinity River project, the new golf course in Pleasant Grove, or whatever you start and plant seeds on in your neighborhood, or family. What will we leave to have this community hang it’s hat on 50 years from now? Are we visionary enough to be unselfish and realize it’s not about us, but about building a future our grandchildren and beyond.
Think beyond 2013…….