We Are The Ones

struggle, there is no progress.”

That “those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning.”

Well, we’ve had the struggle.

We are the 22-year-old computer programmer in San Francisco who got a great job right out of college only to see it evaporate, outsourced to India where labor is plentiful, cheap, and doesn’t ask for health insurance.

We are the student teacher in Marlboro County trying to keep a classroom’s attention while they shiver in their desks because the furnace is broken again and the district is too poor to fix it.

We are the family farmer in Nebraska who knows that he can grow the corn and soybeans that breaks this country from its oil addiction if he only had a little bit of help.

We are the accountant in New Orleans who’s pounding nails now instead of crunching numbers because someone needs to rebuild his city and it might as well be him.

We are the ones.

Right now, somewhere in Charlotte, North Carolina, there is a son who dropped out of school because he couldn’t afford his tuition, and in Greensboro, there is a father who doesn’t know how he’ll pay the bills if the twins get sick again.

Right now there is a religion student in St. Louis who’s afraid to get on a plane with his copy of the Koran, and there’s a Baptist minister in Jacksonville who is tired of the right wing giving his God a bad name.

Right now there’s a young woman in Las Cruces, New Mexico who’s not going to tell the police that she was raped because she’s afraid of deportation.

Right now, there is a young mother in Colorado Springs who just found out that she has to keep raising her two-year-old alone because her husband’s enlistment has been extended again and he has to stay in Iraq until we bring him home.

Don’t tell me it’s too hard.

We have the struggle. Now let us have the progress. We have the challenge. Now let us have the change. We have the thunder and lightning. Now let us have the rain.

Forty years have past and still I hear Sen. Kennedy’s words echoing within my heart: “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country.”

Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and with hope and faith in one another, and we will build this new world together.

Thank you and God bless you all.

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  • Hyacinth

    WOW..to be in the room when this 23 year delivered this moving, inspiring and prolific speech. You are right there was nothing more to add–his words do the job.

  • florence tate

    the rousing testament of faith and hope given by young bakari sellers at the convention is not only a testimony to his own brilliance but also to the love, dedication , commitment and EXAMPLE set by both his parents, cleve and gwen sellers.
    i salute them all.

  • When I read this speech, by the time I got to the end I was so drained. My heart was beating so fast I was hearing so much of OBAMA’s message in his message, just shows conformation to the truth. I understand that he recently finished Law school, well I sure would like for him to be my lawyer. May he live long to contuine to speak the truth. God bless him…



  • Tresler L. Hodge

    What an awesome speech by such a young man- a servant, a student, a soldier and a believer! Each one of us should ask ourselves, “What will I trust God for”? I Trust Him for Hope. I Trust Him for Favor. I Trust Him for Change. I Trust Him for Senator Barack Obama for our next President. In God we must Trust! Please, Register to Vote and Do It!

    • Katherin

      I am proud to be a Black Americian woman, but I am even prouder that there are Black Americian men who have the ability and the audacity to speak the truth from the heart! May the future hold greater things for this country and the all of the people within. May God continue to send us great men like Bakari Sellers and Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!