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Voices from the Hill

Every issue of Capstone will include a section called “Voices From the Hill,” which will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to weigh in on a current events topic. Below are the responses to the question for this issue: What impact do you believe the historic presidential election will have on this country?

The impact of the historic presidential election will have a profound impact on this country in many ways; most importantly, leadership. I think there's a sense of trust for President-elect Obama's leadership. He gives you a sense of security. As if though you don't mind him driving, while you fall asleep. Although he may not have all the answers right away, I think President-elect Obama will bring a sense of oneness to the USA, and possibly the world. If not the world, he will open up a trusting line of communication with other countries.
— Marilyn Toran, School of Law

The impact of the election of an African-American male as president is too vast to comprehend. Every classroom, school, government building and office will see a Black man in a positive role. Barack Obama’s face as president vindicates the Black male and the Black female; from slavery to the White House, from insignificance to a position of leadership encompassing this nation and beyond. Regardless of his politics, the impact has a ripple effect on all who have experienced overt and/or covert racial discrimination. “I’m proud to be an American” has always been my motto, but now it’s extremely personal.
— Melanie S. Thwaites, DDS 

The election of Barack Obama as president of the United States will resonate through history for decades to come. It was fascinating for me to listen to the global reaction through BBS World Service on election night of people around the globe, the view we rarely get at home. People in South Africa were speaking about new opportunities for dialogue, changing Africa’s ill-perceived status from one of strategic insignificance to that of friend and ally.  In France, England, Japan, Korea, Poland and Iran, the world community saw a new glimmer of hope and children chanted his name in the streets of Malaysia. It was a beautiful moment. The expectancy of a door of opportunity opening with a renewed promise of peace, in a war weary world. On election night, America exhaled; someone had finally said all of the things that had gone unspoken. Beyond sound bites, half truths and lies, the reality hit that no, we are not better off today than we were 10 years ago, four years ago, even last year.  Yes the poor are hurting, but the rich are hurting too.  America’s way of life is teetering on the edge.  His message reached beyond race, beyond class and beyond civil rights; rather, it spoke to the inalienable human rights of us all.  In an instant, he has become an icon, a symbol, a beacon of brilliance and sophistication and now—the architect of the potential of what can be.  President-elect Obama has charged all of us with making this world a better place; it is our collective responsibility.  His short, yet elegant, acceptance message gave not only America, but the world, hope—yes humanity is capable of doing extraordinary things if we demonstrate the will, the compassion and the desire to do so.
— S. Tyrone Barksdale

Out of no where he came
Believing in the truths that make
America great and free.
Many have marched and died
At last, a victory!

I pray that Barack Obama finds strength of the ages from all the Foot Soldiers of the past and the Mighty Minions of the present.
— Lenda P. Hill

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