The Historical Victory: Celebrated in The Atlanta University Center

 

Standing in awe over the news that Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America with students and President Robert M. Franklin of Morehouse College

Standing in awe over the news that Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America with students and President Robert M. Franklin of Morehouse College

Tuesday November 4th, 2008 will be a day I will never forget. That day I got up early to head over to Morehouse College’s Archer Hall to vote for the next President of the United States of America. 

I stood in line for three hours. I was nervous. This was the first time I have ever voted and I had prayed that the person I had decided to vote for would win. I couldn’t believe that I casted my ballot for an African American candidate for president. I voted for Barack Obama, a Black man and a person I believe could lead our country in the right moral and social path for at least the next 4 yrs. Never in my lifetime could I have imagined a Black person having a legitimate chance of becoming President of the United States of America.

 

Later that evening, I gathered with students from around the Atlanta University Center to observe the 2008 presidential election results. There were watch parties at Clark Atlanta, Spelman and Morehouse. However, I viewed the election results with students from Morehouse in Fredrick Douglass Hall. Upon hearing the results that Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States of America, myself and many other students at Morehouse moved into tears of joy, immense excitement, and pride. Each Black student stood in disbelief coupled with a personal story on how much this election meant to them. Students at Morehouse began to sing “Give me that OoooBAMA spirit” a remix version of one of Morehouse’s college hymms, “Ol Morehouse Spirit.” For this historical evening, I could have never dreamed a day when a Black man could receive so much support from so many races and earn the position of highest office in our country. This is truly amazing. I couldnt have asked for a better setting to have witness the results of the presidential election than Morehouse. I celebrated this election with socially conscious African American brothers who like me personally understood the deep meaning behind this election for people of African descent. Later into the evening, hundreds of emotional students filed the campus singing, dancing, praying, yelling, calling their parents/grandparents, and chatting on what this period in history meant to them. Sounds of the night included “I cant believe our President is Black”… “I love this country”… “Thank YOU LORD”…”He WON”…”WE WON”.

 

For me, this moment in history, proved to be the first time in my life that I had ever been so proud to be an American. As the President of Morehouse College, Dr. Robert Franklin, “Black people did not make this victory happen alone.” He reminded us that there was a collective effort among everyone from all racial, religious, social and economic backgrounds that made Obama’s victory possible. The implications of this election for Black males means that our nation will now have a national public symbol of a Black male who defies all stereotypes that have been traditionally linked to us. Moreover, with Obama’s victory I began to see the true possibilities for America.  I have always believed in the possibilities for America’s advancement, yet I can now confirm that here in America anything can happen.

 

Praise God!

 

 

Yours in the struggle, I am

 

Brother Phillips

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My Guest Appearance on the Tavis Smiley Radio Show

A few weekends ago, I made a guest appearance on the Tavis Smiley Radio show for his “My America” 2008 program. The show aired nationally through Public Radio International on Friday October 25th, 2008 and Saturdadsc068041y October 26th, 2008. Tavis’ “My America” program gives selected U.S. citizens the opportunity to offer a personal reflection on how the upcoming presidential election will have an immense affect on their lives. I decided to offer a personal testament on the relevance and importance of education for our nation.
Please visit the following links to hear my segment from the show.
http://www.tavissmileyradio.com/zen/TSR/guests08/102408/YouthCommentary_wma.php Windows Media Player Version

http://www.tavissmileyradio.com/zen/TSR/guests08/102408/YouthCommentary_mp3.php
Quicktime Media Player Version

http://www.tavissmileyradio.com General Information on the show

Let me know what you think.

Yours in the struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

 

 

 

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Honored by the Tavis Smiley Foundation

Tavis Smiley and comedian Guy Black presenting me with the 2008 Emerging Youth to Leader Award

Tavis Smiley and comedian Guy Black with Anthony A. Phillips after receiving the 2008 Emerging Youth to Leader Honoree

On Saturday October 4th, 2008 I flew to Los Angeles California to accept the 2008 Emerging Youth Leadership Award from The Tavis Smiley Foundation at its 2008 Salute to Youth Leadership Benefit. This award is given to “alumni member of the [Tavis Smiley] Youth to Leaders program who has demonstrated drive and determination toward becoming a leader.” I’m extremely humble to receive an honor from such a great foundation and from a individual whose contributions to our nation’s social fabric, I greatly admire, Tavis Smiley. During the benefit I met actress Jurnee Smolett who starred in the Great Debaters, singer and song writer Raheem DeVaughn, Wendell Pierce who stars in the hit HBO sitcom “The Wire” and  another extraordinary young activist Angela Groves who is currently a freshman at Princeton University were among the many people I met at the ceremony. Thank you Ms. Vonda Paige, Tavis Smiley and the entire Tavis Smiley Foundation for granting me with such a honor. To learn more information about the award and the Tavis Smiley Foundation please visit http://www.youthtoleaders.org/styl.asp

 Yours in the struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

 

 

 

 

 

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Spel/House Homecoming 2008

Morehouse Homecoming Football Game vs. Albany State

Cheering Section: Morehouse Homecoming Football Game vs. Albany State

Homecoming at a Historically Black College is certainly a electrifying experience. Morehouse’s homecoming in particular is much more than alumni, tailgating and the football game. It’s a week long event that celebrates the institution and induces school spirit amongst students.  Morehouse combines their homecoming with one of its sister schools, Spelman College. Consequently, traditionally their homecoming has been called Spel/House. Plans for homecoming are completed thorouglly and well in advance. At this year’s homecoming a fashion show, a neo-soul concert, “A Dating Game” sponsored by Ebony, a hip hop concert, two coronations for each institutions homecoming kings and queens, coronation ball, the football game, a Greek Step Show, a alumni chapel service and many many PARTIES. This week long event was for me one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. I had so much fun interacting with students and meeting so many alumni.

 

 

 

 This year at the football game I stood as one of the lead cheerers, helping to rally the Morehouse faithful. 

Yours in the struggle, I am

Brother Phillips

 

Here are photos from various Homecoming events.

 

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