My Obama Moment: ESSENCE Readers Salute the First Family
Darilyn Williams, 28, Hillcrest Heights, MD
“I’ll never forget the night of the 2008 election. Obama’s picture popped...
“I’ll never forget the night of the 2008 election. Obama’s picture popped up at the bottom of the TV screen. It was one of those stock photos and the caption said, ‘Obama has won.’ I cried. I screamed. I ran into the room to my mom. We cried. We screamed. It was just a huge moment. It meant I did not have to be afraid to have children. And definitely not afraid to have a boy because I knew he had someone to look to as a prominent example of why you have to get your education, of why you have to be strong and calm in a storm. It still gets me a little teary-eyed just thinking about it now.”