"If I recall correctly there is a passage in the novel A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Ernest Gaines in which a black man about to be executed shouts out - 'Save me Joe Louis.' I was thinking of this when I read a black activist's account of how President Obama did nothing to save Troy Davis. Really? What was President Obama suppose to do? What can a heavyweight champion of the world do when someone is confronted with death? Reaching out for Joe Louis instead of even Jesus is interesting. We seem to think that some people have unlimited power. We still view the presidency with a degree of mystery. If you're unemployed right now do you think Obama is going to find you a job by next week? Is Obama going to make your bed? Feed your kids? Babysit a race? What is going to happen when Obama is no longer president? Are black people going to return to slavery days? Will there be a new back to Africa movement? Obama's lesson to black people is like something taken from 'The Wiz.'
His message is simply - believe in yourself. Obama wanted to be president and he is. What do you want to do? Do you want to change the world? Well, start doing it before you die. Don't wait for someone to take your life. The lesson before dying is to live."
—E. Ethelbert Miller (from his blog E-Notes)