One of my fellow Arizonans has just made a video (which I've embedded after the jump) entitled, I Cried Today.
In the video, Arizonans read a poem (also entitled I Cried Today) and then tell us why it personally matters to them that Barack Obama be elected president.
This is how the video came about:
On April 7th my mother sent me an email forward and the subject line was, "Today I Cried." I remember thinking, "What in the world made my mother cry?" So I opened the email to find the poem (see below). The poem so moved me that I immediately adopted it into a script and began the process of putting together a shoot.
The people in the video are not actors; they are simply Barack Obama supporters who responded to the call. Oh, how I wish you could have been there to feel the energy and love in the room the day we taped.
I have embedded the video after the jump. If it does not make you cry, or at least tear up, then you don't have a soul, or a heart, or ok, maybe you're just not the crying type, but I can tell you I cried.
Be sure that you watch the part after the poem. Each of the people in the video talks about why it is personally important to them that Barack Obama wins. That was the part that made me cry.
TODAY, I Cried
Today, I cried.....I voted for a black man and, I cried.
I cried for my father and my grandfather and all grandfathers before him.
I cried for my uncles, my four brothers, my seventeen nephews, my two sons, my six grandsons and one great-grand son.
I cried for the black men I have loved and those that have loved me.
I cried for the millions of little black boys (not forgetting the girls) over the centuries that did not, in their wildest dreams, imagine...that they could run for Office.
I cried for their despair...I cried for all the men and boys incarcerated that lost hope in themselves and took the low road. I cried, I cried and I cried..
I know that this was 'just the primary.' But whatever the end result may be, today I voted in the United States of America for a black man, and...
If I should die before the presidential election it will be OK,
Because today I voted. I voted for a black man and I cried.
The author to this beautiful poem is unknown. I have searched the web for a source but to no avail. If anyone knows the source, please post it to the comments so that I can give credit where credit is due.