He is now the 44th President, Change is here, Yes We Can is now Yes We Did. The party is over, it’s time to get to work and make true of the promises made. The task is daunting, the momentum is there and the people are inspired. Let’s start by picking up the trash – literally and figuratively.
|Inauguration of Barack Obama – 01192009|
|The Concert of One|
I work as the Diversity & Inclusion lead for my office. What does that mean you might ask? Well, Deloitte as a firm is huge on Diversity and Inclusion (as are most firms these days). Given the size of the organization, each office has a lead who is responsible to be the champion in ensuring that the firm-wide message is communicated to all the employees and that no person ever feels “left out” because of his race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, living situation etc. This is a role which demands creativity and calls for finding innovative ways to celebrate the differences amongst all of us. Anyway, so as a part of this, we (me along with some of my colleagues who sit on the Diversity Council) are planning to create a three-five minutes video on the evolution of the Black population in this country – from slavery to Presidency. This video will then be shown at our next office wide staff meeting (February 6th). I guess, I have some work cut out for me on 1/20 then – must capture many relevant photos and videos. Thinking of interviewing random people on the streets and capturing their reactions. Any other ideas?
Next Tuesday, in 6 days, America will witness the swearing in of it’s first Black President. The entire city of Washington is buzzing with a frenzy of activities – the kind of activity you experience in the days preceding a wedding in your immediate family. The entire District feels like one big family preparing and getting ready for this event. Even the roadside bums are part of the buzz. I will be posting each day a bit of my experiences of these once in a lifetime event.