Wednesday, February 21, 2018
So-- today's my birthday.
I've been on this Earth for a little while now.
Consider some of the things that were true on the day I was born:
-- My alma mater, William & Mary had never admitted an African-American student.
-- Women were barred from the undergraduate division of Yale, where I went to law school.
-- John F. Kennedy, his brother Robert, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X were all still alive.
-- The Beatles were largely unknown in the US. They had not released an album yet.
-- There were people around who were alive during the Civil War.
In so many ways, the world is a better place now than it was then. There is more freedom in more places. There is cleaner air and water. There is nationhood in many places that were colonized when I was born. Women have more autonomy and opportunity.
This world is what we make it. And there is much more to do-- for me, and for us all. I'm in.
Happy Birthday, young 'un. I've got 9 days on you -- someday I'll tell you what it was like when I was born....Post a Comment