By TRACI WASHINGTON-TAYLOR
"It's an important moment in history."
That's why I'm getting on the bus to Washington D.C. for the Inauguration of our 44th president. I was born in 1968; that's a pivotal time in American history -- not just African American history, but American history as a whole. I was too young to really do anything then, but at 40? Now it's our time.
Our meaning everyone, every ethnic group, every person, every financial background, every education level. It's our time. Although I could choose to stay in my warm home, huddle around a T.V., or attend one of the many events in town. I'm rather drawn to actually go.
Go to Washington like my forefathers did that hot August day in 1963. Go to Washington like I did while attending Cleveland State University to protest Desert Storm. I've always supported our soldiers -- not the war. I participated in Pride in Washington in the 1990s, because it was more than a gay thing or a black thing that some just couldn't understand. It's always been a human rights thing, and that's something everyone can understand. I've carried signs for the Million Mom March and anniversaries of Roe vs. Wade with my daughter showing her what it means to indulge in our constitutional right of freedom of speech.
Angrily I shouted, "No Justice No Peace" around the Department of Justice building during the Jena Six protest headed by Al Sharpton.
To participate in this historical moment verses watching it or hearing about it is why I'm getting on the bus. To make a move, as well as be moved. Not only is it important to be more than a spectator in your own life, it's important to fulfill your purpose and do SOMETHING.
After Desert Storm I became informed not just in American military, but the influence and effects the American military has on the world. After Gay Pride I became and advocate for all human rights. Become a voice for those less able to speak or convey their needs. After the Million Mom March I saw my daughter, not just emotionally participating in her life. I made sure I was the best mother I could be. Children are a gift. Having the right to choose as we do in America is not something that should ever be taken lightly. After Jena Six I took extreme interest in the way our African American youth are being treated and the injustice race plays in these United States.
On the dawn of change I'm getting on the bus to be a part of history. Most of all I look forward to the change. The change in our country, our environment, our financial situation, our families, our future. You, me, us, every American, every citizen of the world is on the verge of change. That's why I'm getting on the bus.