October 29, 2008
Last night after
work, I went to
Phillip's barbeque located at Crenshaw
and Adams, in Los Angeles. It is near the
10, Santa Monica freeway. I was standing
in line waiting for my order.
A Black woman in her fifties was standing behind
me. She tapped me on my shoulder. I turned to her
and she was "beaming". She said "I just voted."
I looked to her left shoulder and there was a red
white and blue stick-on that said "I voted". She
said she wanted to vote in advance but found that
she could not, because she was not registered in
Los Angeles and that she was registered in Las Vegas.
She went on to say that she got in her car and drove
to Las Vegas to vote and that she was just returning
and that she had just gotten off the freeway to get
something to eat. She said she was feeling so good
that she just wanted to tell some one that she had
I told her that I already had voted by mail in ballot. I told her that I
was proud of what she had done. She felt this was a historical election
and she could not wait to vote and that she did not want to miss the
opportunity simply because she not was registered in this city.
We spoke briefly about Obama not only being a Black
man but the "Right" man.
We spoke of how clean he had run his campaign free of name calling. We
spoke of how there was no need for Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton or reverend
Cecil Murray or any other community leader to pitch for Obama and how he
stands for all people not just Black people. We spoke of how proud we were
of the white people, first in Iowa and later through out the country to have
the courage to step forward.
They called my number to step up to the window and
get my order and we ended our conversation. As I
was leaving I told her how proud I was of her to
have the will and the need to drive all the way to
Las Vegas so that she could place her single vote.
I told her I would tell my friend about her....She
had a glow....she was beaming!!!
- Clifford Mosby
Election 2008 | Exciting Times | "I
Clifford Mosby speaking to students at Career Day at
Cochran Middle School