On the eighth day of protesting, Egyptians organized a million man march demanding for President Hosni Mubarak to give up power. Mubarak announced he would not run for reelection. This is a victory for Egypt and America, because justice prevails again.
What better way to kick off black history month than by watching the Million Man March in Cairo, Egypt?
Protesters gathered in Tahrir Square today in hopes of driving out President Hosni Mubarak. Although Mubarak did not resign, he did announce that he will not run for reelection. This is a momentous victory for Egyptians and a historical breakthrough for the Middle East. Their voices did not go unheard and a change will come.
The story I most celebrate is the one that Egyptians have chosen to no longer live in fear under an abusive leader. They chose to unite and fight for their cause- a cause they aim to see out to the end.
Being that it is the first day of Black History Month, a month when African Americans pay homage to those who fought so they can live equally and free from fear, I can’t but smile at the fact that people all over are taking notice of the power of unity once again. Five decades and one year ago, this day, four college freshmen in Greensboro, NC decided they would sit peacefully at a front bar in a segregated restaurant. This movement helped pave the way toward a desegregated South.
Now in 2011, millions of miles away, we have another movement for justice. We have another instance where the people show the power of their voice. We have another success story.
This is not a story of race, but one of power. The government is there to serve its people and instances like these remind them that they are not stronger than the people.
Egyptians should not be the only ones rejoicing, but we should also. Everyone should be proud because democracy has won. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, the “…Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”