As we reflect on another Thanksgiving Day, there is a lot to be thankful for.
We are thankful that President Barack Obama has been reelected President of the United States, so he can continue the course of resurrecting our nation when he assumed office four years ago amidst a sinking U.S. economy, wars in Irag and Afghanistan, and the shadow of terrorism.
We are thankful for the president’s Affordable Care Act, which gives access to health care for the poor, individuals with preexisting conditions, and cheaper prescription medicine for the elderly.
We are thankful for a democratic election system that withstood failed attacks by political extremist who, to spite the president (the first African American president in this nation’s history) and keep him from retaining his office, were willing to use laws, deceit, and intimidation to deny minorities the precious gift of the vote.
We are thankful to the many Americans who voted for President Obama and other political candidates for U.S. Congress, state governorships and other local offices who champion democracy and the true “American way” of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL Americans regardless of race, nationality, religion, economic status, or sexual preference.
We are thankful that for an entire year, through the grace of God, many of us woke up each day with a sound body, mind and spirit ready and able to take on the challenges life brings us, overcoming them and becoming wiser with each obstacle met and pushed aside.
We are thankful for the lives spared by disaster, particularly several weeks ago when Hurricane Sandy dissimated the East Coast.
We are thankful to those who responded to the disaster with aid and comfort, showing our nation’s citizens at their best when their fellow countryman and woman are beset by nature’s worst.
Yes, we indeed have a great deal to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The staff and management of your Milwaukee Community Journal pray that your Thanksgiving Day is peaceful and filled with the love and security of family and fellowship.
From Slaves to Ethnic Americans, Blacks have a great deal of History for which to be Thankful. Many Americans sacrificed their life in our journey in Crossing the Color Curtain.
Now for the Quiz. You knew it was coming. So let’s get started. You all know who Larry Dobby was, right? And perhaps Jackie Robinson. Well who was the first Black NBA players? Got most of you, didn’t I. But you really shoud know the names of Earl Lloyd, Nat Clifton and Chuck Cooper. You really should know your history. Go right to Google and look them up if you don’t know why you should be thankful and Give Thanks.
Hope Dreams from a Black Thanksgiving Present
From Colin Powell to President Barack Obama, selectively Blacks are inheriting positions of power. Progress is Progress as many African Americans are Crossing the Color Curtain despite the ubiquitous presence of poverty. it is a blessing that racism has become more blatant knowing that the enemy you can see is the enemy you identify strategies around to work toward an ever new beginning so Give Thanks.
Hope Dreams from a Black Thanksgiving Future
What is your Thanksgiving Dream? Have you made out your Thanksgiving Dream List yet? Sort of a Christmas Wish Llst for Thanksgiving. A Future Thanksgiving Dream List for which you could be thankful in a time not to far in the future. But you’ll need an active, realistic To Do List to get to your Thanksgiving Dream List fulfilled. Get Started.
Have a Very Black Thanksgiving.
Question of the week: “What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Day?”
Photos and question by Yvonne Kemp
Evelyn Morris: “This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my family that has been there for me and my daughter through the good times as well as the bad. Also, I am thankful for my job. I always wanted to be able to give back and working at a non-profit organization has been a very fulfilling experience.”
Elder Alvin Morris: “Being a Vietnam vet, I thank God for life. I’m also thankful for Mt. Zion Healing Temple and being over the men’s department, (where I can) help young men every day. (I’m thankful for) my family and for being a retired truck driver. I give thanks for being able to help throughout the community.”
Roderick Rush, M.Ed: “I am thankful to have family that wants to spend time together; meet, greet, eat, laugh and pray with each other as we reflect on our loved ones who have passed on and look to the future for unknown blessings. I am truly thankful.”
Jazzy Kathy: “I’m thankful to the Lord for being alive and to have such great friends. We are all blessed