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25 August 2008

Guest Blogger: Pat Pullar at the National Black Legislative Caucus Reception

I attended the National Black Legislative Caucus reception honoring State Rep. Calvin Smyre this evening.

It was a star-studded event.

Spike Lee, Alfre Woodard, Giancarlo Esposito, and Lynn Whitfield, just to name a few. Our Georgia elected officials came out in full force including, State Senator Gloria Butler, Attorney General Thurbert Baker, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond and his lovely wife Zola Thurmond, State Representatives Nikki Randall, Al Williams and Billy Mitchell, State Senator Valencia Seay, Atlanta mayoral candidate State Senator Kasim Reed, who also held a fundraiser earlier in the evening.

Many Georgians are here in Denver.

They are excited anticipating Thursday’s historical event when Barack Obama takes the stage at Invesco Stadium before the entire world to see the first African American accept the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

It stands to reason why on Sunday night preceding a much publicized concert-starring Maze with Frankie Beverly, the nation’s civil rights organizations were honored.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters hosted the event and shared the stage with our nation’s civil rights icons. Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network provided the most insightful speech by saying that we must know our history because

Barack Obama was not the first African American to be elected to a political office.

He is standing on the shoulders of many that came before him. However, African Americans can be proud that their struggles have not been in vain. The event turned out to be more speeches than concert as many of the audience left before Frankie Beverly and Maze performed. I was one of those people. Coming out of that event, we noticed Ambassador Andrew Young, Susan Taylor and former Mayor of Washington, D.C. were conducting a panel discussion. The night was exciting—but tomorrow is another day.

Pat Pullar