Alice Walker on the Election of Barack Obama

Alice Walker is one of our nation's finest writers. The day after the historic election she wrote a public letter to Barack Obama published in The Root . We have reproduced the first sentences below:

Nov. 5, 2008
Dear Brother Obama,

You have no idea, really, of how profound this moment is for us. Us being the black people of the Southern United States. You think you know, because you are thoughtful, and you have studied our history. But seeing you deliver the torch so many others before you carried, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, only to be struck down before igniting the flame of justice and of law, is almost more than the heart can bear. Read more at The Root.