I remember my Dad's colored waiting room.
I remember the colored waiting room at the bus station.
I remember the colored drinking fountains.
I remember the colored section floor at the hospital and the colored nursery for new borns.
I remember my father saying that our "nigras" would be OK if it weren't for outside agitators.
I remember hearing about the sit ins in neighboring Greensboro.
I remember sitting outside Duke Chapel listing to Dr. King.
I remember when JFK was killed and classmates shouted with glee.
I remember living in one of the first successfully integrated neighborhoods in America.
I remember the years I spent working for integration in the suburb I lived in.
I remember saying on the 25th anniversary of integration in our neighborhood saying that I was concerned that 25 years from then, we would still be working to make sure the neighborhood was integrated (and they were).
I will remember last night.
I will remember that the state I grew up in, the state of the first sit ins, the state of Jesse Helms, apparently voted for Obama by a slender 15,000 votes.