It was fitting that Hillary wore white on the night she accepted the nomination for our nation’s highest office. Not because she is a political virgin nor because she is a symbol of purity, as her detractors are so quickly and maliciously ready to point out. But more because her stunning ascendance as the Democratic presidential nominee is as blindingly brilliant as her bright white suit, as dazzling as her smile as she plays to her crowd, as bright as her promise to millions of Americans who see in her the immense possibilities this great nation, this America, affords to all those who aspire to realize their own hopes and dreams.

Amidst the raucous hoopla, against the riotous red, white and blue backdrop, the flags waving, the balloons dropping, the confetti fluttering to the ground, she lit up that vast convention hall in the city of our nation’s birth as that shining promise, a grandmother in a tailored white pants suit, her mother’s daughter, her daughter’s mother, a woman who had surmounted the limits of societal expectation, had expanded the notions of gender equality, had doggedly and resolutely pursued entry to the inner sanctum of political power. This is not our fair lady coquettishly waving her handkerchief from the balcony, but our very own white knight who has vanquished those obstacles and who is at the ready to enter the fray and take on new ones

But of course, her path to this moment was not without its share of blood, sweat and tears, of bruising hard work and compelling commitment, of errant decisions and searing criticism, of wrenching disappointment and crushing despair, Yet, she soldiered on, helping to elect her husband as our 42nd President, reimagining the role of first lady, earning her own political credibility as a United States Senator, making a bid for the presidency only to suffer devastating defeat, attaining a place in President Obama’s cabinet and serving as Secretary of State during exceedingly tumultuous times for our nation and the world.

And now she heads into America’s heartland with her charge to dispel the evil darkness of Donald Trump, to triumph over the fear and hatred he foments with her vision of an America of rising expectations for all of us and a message of enduring strength, courage and resilience that will bring us together and inspire us to work to make all that is good about America better.

Hillary has worked hard and long, she has earned her chance, now it is up to us to make it happen with our dollars, our votes and our shared commitment.

Shine on.