Here are some inspiring words from Barack Obama via the New York Times. His consistent eloquence reminds me that language matters:
But Obama's own history lent a poignant tone to the family's pilgrimage to Cape Coast Castle– where many Africans began a journey to slavery. His speech there crystallized the tangled sentiments and complicated history:
"As Americans, and as African-Americans, obviously there's a special sense that on the one hand this place was a place of profound sadness; on the other hand, it is here where the journey of much of the African-American experience began. And symbolically, to be able to come back with my family, with Michelle and our children, and see the portal through which the diaspora began, but also to be able to come back here in celebration with the people of Ghana of the extraordinary progress that we've made because of the courage of so many, black and white, to abolish slavery and ultimately win civil rights for all people, I think is a source of hope. It reminds us that as bad as history can be, it's also possible to overcome."