Today is the 18th anniversary of the first non-racial democratic elections in South Africa – Freedom Day. It marks the end of government-sanctioned apartheid and the opening up of the right to vote for all citizens of South Africa. No doubt a cause for celebration.
On April 29th, 1992 I was a 7 year old second grader in Oakland, CA with little understanding of race and identity issues. I was just being introduced to the history lessons of slavery and the plight of Native Americans at a time when all that occupied my mind was the foursquare game during recess and what Oakland A’s game I could figure a way to attend with my buddies.
I love Oakland. It is my city-- the city that has helped me grow, explore my passions, flirt with the idea of love, experience life, but most importantly— it has made me feel like I can achieve anything, all the while, showing me that my dreams have no limitations.
“We’re bringing it to these board of directors, we’ll be at your social events, when you’re at your golf clubs, it’s not a nine-to-five issue for us, it won’t be for you.”
It was a tale of two Galas at the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park last night.