Norman was a political giant of American letters. To vote with him was a surreal experience because it is rare to find oneself so close to a man whose writings had prompted social scrutiny from so many.
The 111th Congress, when it convenes on January 6th, will be the oldest in our nation's history. Each of the last five Congresses has, successively, set a new record as the oldest our country has ever seen.
Obama's victory does not spell the end of racial disparity in America, but it is a ringing sign of progress, a triumph on the road to greater equality and realizing the Dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. revealed to us.