It was Malcolm X who observed how,
“Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward our research…”
and wow, do black Americans ever have some incredible saga to explore!
Quite recently there was none of us who held national elective office. Not until the 1960′s was there a single black character on the TV airwaves whose presence was as likely to inspire pride as to induce winces of shame. But this, we’re told, was yesterday.
Tall, tanned and terrifically photogenic, America has a brand new first family and they’re black. Our elegant First Lady has already appeared on the cover of Vogue. It’s a fashion magazine which has had comparatively little coverage of blacks over the decades. But so buoyant is the spirit of change in the land, that the smiling visage of Michelle Obama strikes most as nothing at all out of the ordinary. A new day has dawned, they say.