Dear Ancestors

Dear Ancestors,

I voted today.  I’ve done it many times before, but this time I carried you in my heart.  Yes, all of you.  My ancestors who were not seen as human in the eyes of the oppressors and never dreamed of being able to vote.  My ancestors that died before gaining freedom and the right to vote. My ancestors that had the right to vote for just a little while and saw it snatched away.  My ancestors that fought fearlessly even giving your lives to gain it back.  Dear ancestors, my ancestors, I voted today.  I hope I made you proud.