Though Barack Obama's ascent to the presidency is a monumental step in America, it doesn't mean there isn't more work to be done to address the long legacy of racism and discrimination. Our contributor, Patrik Henry Bass, cautions that in order to carry this moment of hope for generations to come, our next challenge is to manage our racial expectations. Bass is the Senior Editor of Essence Magazine and author of " Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963."

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