The Black Preacher in me…

I don’t know if it’s just me, or are other black church folk, especially preachers and musicians just on the edge of their seat when they hear Obama give a speech.  Especially when we see him use such masterful use of parallel structure and especially when we hear his close:

America, this is our moment. This is our time, our time to turn the page on the policies of the past; our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face, our time to offer a new direction for this country that we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge — I face this challenge with profound humility and knowledge of my own limitations, but I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people.

Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that, generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless.

This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.

This was the moment when we ended a war, and secured our nation, and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.

This was the moment, this was the time when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals.

Thank you, Minnesota. God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

So… it just me, or is it the black preacher in me who just wants him to grab the podium and rare back and let out one good squall and let have someone cue a Hammond organ to back him up?  I mean, musicians know their cue when they hear a lil’ hum in the preacher’s voice, or they hear the preacher start using all of this high rhetoric such as “when the rise of the oceans began to slow”  I mean, John McCain and a Hillary Clinton aint got NOTHING on Barack!!

Honestly, some of us have already coordinated what amounted to an 11 o’clock Sunday morning black church service at your average Baptist church (just think Easter morning), complete with Howard Gospel Choir providing the music.


Do you think black people who were raised in the Black church or have some current connection to the Black church have a tendency to make some things “churchy?” or is it just our natural thing to do the “call-and-response” thing much like folks do in church and the whole situation comes off as churchy?

Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL

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