I attended the event along with several of my students, colleagues and friends. It was one of the most important days in African history, a moment in time when we united as one to take a stand against the white man at the very place where he plotted against us. It was the largest gathering of human beings at one location on Earth. It was also the day when I first met Barack Obama.
We gathered on that fateful day to be strong African men who would defend our families, history and culture. The spirit of that day was like nothing I had ever experienced, or have experienced since. I marched down to the National Mall with fellow Africans of all ages. When I reached the stage area on the steps of the Capitol and looked out into a sea of African men, many who stood for at least 10 hours, I held back tears. I knew this day would forever cause a change, if not in the world, certainly in me.
A colleague of mine, Mosi Kenyatta introduced me to Obama. Kenyatta told me that Obama was a teacher such as me who taught Obama taught law at the
Obama promised me he would do what he could should he win election. He expressed hope that we could meet again. We wished each other "amahoro" and parted ways.
This was the day that Obama took his major first step towards the American Presidency. The inspiration of Farrakhan was undeniable and like the millions of other African men that day, Obama found his calling and discovered the path he must take. Today I join him on that path so that we can bring forth the vision of hope that Farrakhan showed us that day.