Voices From Washington

in church tonight at a non-alcoholic ball and lots of good food and friends.

Newly Motivated by a New President


Marilyn Watson and Nabege Alexis have been doing a roaring business selling Barack Obama branded merchandise. (Source: Black Enterprise)

New Yorkers Marilyn Watson and Nabege Alexis, arrived in Washington on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and since then have been standing on the city’s streets braving frigid temperatures to sell Obama emblazoned caps, sweatshirts, calendars, and buttons. Sales have been great and both are having a blast.

“Oh my god, I’m so excited, I’m overwhelmed,” cried Alexis, who is a mixed media artist. “This is what it means to be in America, what it means to have dreams and make them possible. Obama has definitely brought back the motivation. Education and sticking to your goals and dreams are very important.”

Social worker Watson has always believed that anything is possible, but, she says, “I’m so happy to see a man of color in the White House.” The biggest change she expects to come from it is the way people of color will now be perceived and it will be recognized that they can reach the same levels of accomplishment as anybody else in the world.

When asked how they’ll use the money they make during their visit to the nation’s capitol, they say the answer is obvious. “Invest it, of course!” said Alexis.

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  • I am a 53 year old Black male, born during the Civil rights era, and watching as we could not go into certain neighborhoods in Chicago, and now with the swearing in of Mr. Obama makes me realize that the “check” that Dr. King said in his famous 1963 speech that was “marked with insufficient funds” has now become a promissory note to all Negroes and Blacks that this note is now honourable and marked “pay to the account of” without any rejects. I’m so proud to be a recipient of this “check” and to have a grandson who will one day be a recipient of this historic occassion makes me even prouder. I sincerely pray that we as a people will remember what Mr. Obama said on his historic night that it won’t happen right away, or maybe within a year, that there will be “false starts” but know that as Moses led his people out and it took 40 years, so to must we be willing to wait and march out together as “one”.