Last night something awesome happened. Last night we witnessed something my mother, grandmother, even my late great grandmother, thought would never happen.
Yes, let’s take time to applaud the city council on agreeing to move the confederate statue; but more importantly let’s take time to think of what that decision has started.
Yesterday a black man, an Irish woman, and so many others, stood side by side. Not just to advocate the removal of a statue, but to start the next wave of a dream.
Last night, African Americans all over Norfolk witnessed what Dr. King talked about. They witnessed people from different backgrounds, races, and genders uniting their voices, fostering a sense that our future is in good hands.
For 57 years my grandmother worked part time in kitchens, doing housework, and as a crossing guard. She took on three jobs at age 60 just for this night: the night her grandson could rise in front of power, declaring this is our moment to shine.
My friends, to me this was not just the moving of a statue, but the dawning of a new day. This is our time; this is moment. We must not let what happened last night burn down like a candle in the night. We must pursue our dream, and recover our destiny.
I’m excited about what’s to come. I am excited about what we, united, can accomplish. Last night proves that with love, and hard work, there is nothing we cannot do.