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Monthly Archives: August 2009

America elected Obama, the first African-American president several months ago.  Sotomayor, the first Hispanic supreme court justice was confirmed by the Senate.  I was the first African-American to manage a not-for-profit organization at a local seminary.  I know of a young man who was the first African-American to earn a PhD from a major midwest university.  Madeleine Albright was the first woman to serve as the United States Secretary of State.  It is certainly true that America has a rich and colorful diversity of races, religions, cultures and ethnicities.  And all Americans should celebrate this treasure.  Yet, my hope is that we can get beyond ‘firsts’; that is, wouldn’t it be wonderful that all sectors of our society, all branches of our government, all our neighborhoods, all our classrooms be more indicative of our rich and colorful diversity of races, religions, cultures and ethnicities so that we can refrain from saying, “he or she is the first”?

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