I’ve been engaged in a number of conversations about the perceived loss of hope and the inability of any political party to capture the fervor and excitement that propelled Barack Obama into the White House.
Many of these conversations end with people saying that the massive voter turnout and movement building that happened two years ago has all but waned, if not been lost.
And every time I’m engaged in these conversations, I remind people of the optimism that is still in the hearts and minds of over a 100 million voters and potential voters in America – the young people known as the Millennial Generation – the Future Majority of America.
You see, I was always very clear that everyday people, no different than you and I, got Barack Obama into the Oval Office by hosting house parties, registering new voters, educating our friends and family, and spending countless hours campaigning.
For many of us, movement building has never depended solely on one individual, but has always depended on masses of people becoming more organized, more socially conscious, and more active in grassroots campaigns for peace and justice.
While some may have thought we elected a Messiah, many of us still see the election of Barack Obama as a concrete reminder of our living potential to transform America.
So let me share with you a few reasons why I am still inspired and motivated by the Millennial Generation.
The Millennial Generation is the most populous, ethnically and racially diverse, and educated generation in the history of the United States.
The Pew Research Center’s report entitled, “Millennials: A Portrait of Generation Next,” reveals that Millennials are history’s first “always connected” generation, being more confident, connected, and open to change than any previous generation.