Years ago I attended a 3-day training. On the second day, one of the African American men who was also a participant came dressed in a suit and tie. I'd known this young man for a long time and was aware that it was not how he usually dressed. So while getting some coffee during a break I asked him why. He said that the movie Malcolm X was premiering that day and it was his way of showing respect.
I thought of that conversation when I saw this picture of a young boy attending President Obama's speech in Boston yesterday.
I imagine that this young man had been "schooled" on the importance of this event...not just of going to hear the President of the United States speak, but the first African American President of the United States. His clothes as well as his expression show that he knows the solemnity of occasion.
I also think of the thousands of little black boys and girls all over the country that have been "schooled" about this. Their perceptions of their country and themselves are forever altered by that awareness.
And so the opening line to this song comes to mind..."No matter how hard you try, you can't stop us now."
UPDATE: In the comments, Blackman reminds me that the line in my title actually goes back to the Temptations in 1969.