Hope for blacks, a long time coming

With Martin Luther King, Jr.’s contribution to the black community being celebrated Monday, the question comes to mind- when will another black leader arise and change history?

Since Dr. King’s death, few black leaders have emerged to change our society.

Although many people believe that society has changed now, we feel blacks are still behind.

The black community is behind in education, equal employment opportunities, but right now we are rising in politics. Obama might be the next leader to possibly bring about change and avoid past historical mistakes.

With Hilary Clinton’s recent statements to Fox News Channel, many feel that she doesn’t appreciate what Dr. King stood for.

On Jan. 7 Clinton said, “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act,” and “It took a president to get it done.”

Hillary was comparing Barack Obama to Dr. King, because Obama’s campaign appeals to Americans and stands for unity – a popular theme of many of Dr. King’s speeches.

Who knows when another black leader will emerge? It has been 40 years since Dr. King’s death, and the black community has just now found a formidable black presidential candidate.

If Obama loses the race for presidency, will blacks ever get another opportunity of this magnitude to change history, or will it take another 40 years?

Latasha Edwards for the Editorial Board.