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A Historic Moment for Black Moms

I don’t know what did it for you but I was perfectly content doing my happy dance in my living room on Election night until I saw the image of the Obama family walking out onto the stage of Grant Park. That’s when I lost it and the waterworks came swiftly into town. That regal image–which none of us will soon forget–said something and did something so profound that words can’t do it justice.

Lately, we’ve been having a honest and robust conversation in our Mocha Manual Movement emails about the negative stereotypes and misconceptions about Black moms. We’ve lamented our seeming invisibleness and not being understood as intentional, nurturing mothers who simply want the best for their children. We’ve debated how we can change our perception and be seen for who we truly are as Black mothers.

Ladies, in the image of our First Family I saw that hope. In Michelle Obama I saw that hope. When she declares that her most important job will be Mommy-in-Chief, gives her man a pound, a hug, and that real ‘I-got-your-back’-kiss (not that mechanical crap John McCain liked to pull!), we know that the world won’t look at the Black family in the same way ever again.

The world has been forced to see who we really are, and see our children in a new light. When President-elect Obama said Michelle was the “rock of the family” and “his best friend,” I got goose bumps. He declared to the world what we’ve known about our role in our families and communities for generations. He told the world that our relationships are more than baby mama drama.

Years ago, Claire Huxtable was our role model. We glued our eyes to the TV on Thursday nights dreaming about our high-powered career, our brownstone or other dream house, our man that rubbed our feet even though he too had a long day at work. She was the original strong black woman with a professional career, beautiful kids and a successful man who adored her. We looked to fictional characters on the television to remind us that we could have what white women had been enjoying for years. Now, we can look to the White House. Now we can look to our First Family.

This has given me new faith. And just when perhaps our own hope in Black men, the future of Black families, and our ability to “have it all” as women seemed in question, our own faith in ourselves and our dreams is reaffirmed. Our faith in the power and steadfastness of love is reaffirmed. My faith in myself as a Black mother, especially one raising a Black male against incredible odds, is reaffirmed. And it is to that, I said, Yes We Can! And it is to that, I say to all Black mothers, I know we will!

In motherhood,


One Response to “A Historic Moment for Black Moms”
  1. Anonymous says:

    THANKS FOR THAT GREAT testament to black moms after the announcement of President Elect Obama! As a new mom of a little boy, I got emotional watching from my home and told our son that the next President looks JUST LIKE HIM! We should all be so proud of President-Elect Barak Obama!

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