jetting off to meet her family, Michelle Obama told a welcoming crowd
at The National Congress of Black Women’s annual brunch last Sunday
that “as a little Black girl from the South Side of Chicago . .
. I don’t suppose to be here.”
After a thunderous and
understanding applause at the J.W. Marriot hotel in downtown
Washington, the wife of Presidential candidate Barack Obama explained
to the mostly female audience that women like her are still “beating
the odds.” There has never been “a Black women governor, a Black
woman Supreme Court justice . . . ,” continued the potential first lady.
She went on to give a litany of statistics that show that Black women
are often at the bottom of the social and economic barrel.
Black women are asked by society to survive, she says, making only “67
cents per every dollar that a man makes.” She continued that
Black women in particular must demand more out of the various aspect of
their lives including personal relationships. She added,
“We don’t even demand healthy relationships.”
As Obama inspired the crowd she revealed what one of her heroines,
Coretta Scott King, told her: “‘Not be Afraid.’” As for her and her
husband’s dream for the United States, she says they want an America
“where things are possible for all.” Barack, she added, does not
see America’s greatest deficient being financial, but a “sense of
“We have a chance to make a profound change in America. Maybe we
are ready to believe in our own ability. Now is the
time. We cannot afford to wait!” she continued as the crowd
pushed their brunch plates forward, stood on their feet, and sent our
“sister” off to meet her family.