Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Yes we can Hope!
I heard the report on BBC World TV on the Obama victory and listened to his victory speech in Chicago. A defining moment. After a long, long time, hope is reborn, and the promise of America as indeed a nation of opportunity and a beacon to the world has been resuscitated.
I wept remembering Dr Martin Luther King, and in Obama's speech too, with his refrain, "Yes we can!", there were shades for me of the famous "I have a dream" speech of Dr King. In the audience at Chicago was Jesse Jackson, who was also in tears, and I have no doubt he was remembering his mentor Dr King.
Here is Dr King's last speech, delivered just a day before his assassination.
Forty years after his tragic assasination, the glorious vision of Martin Luther King, for America, for the world, has once again a chance of realisation.
Read Ben Okri's article in The Times (London) on the Obama phenomenon here.