Most of us have witnessed President Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday. We’ve heard or read about stories of people from different parts of the nation and how they travelled to Washington DC just to witness this once-in-lifetime event.
The story of the DC 24 Kids is especially touching. This group of 24 Chicago inner-city fifth and six graders traveled to DC to witness the inauguration, sponsored by the McCormick Foundation.
For the first time in eight years, the DC24 Kids will experience a governmental transition. For many this has proved to be a historical event on par with JFK’s election or the first man walking on the moon.
Over one million people watched President Elect Obama take the Oath of Office on Tuesday, and the DC 24 kids were in the crowd.
The DC 24 kids attend Frazier Preparatory Academy in downtown Chicago and this trip to Washington D.C. is the first time many of them have traveled outside their neighborhood. The children have been blogging and v-logging about their experiences and sharing their poignant impressions:
“I dreamed about it last night. I’m so excited to see our first African American president.”
— Nia, 5th grade
“I can’t believe we are in Washington D.C. This is like a dream and I don’t want the day to end. The hotel is like something from a movie. All I could say was, ‘Man, we have stepped up!'”
— Davion, 6th grade
“I have seen so many people representing Obama so that tells me that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream has finally come true.”
— Tehavis, 6th grade
Don’t you just feel the enthusiasm and sheer excitement bubbling through these children?
To learn more about the DC Kids story or to see photos, read their blogs, and watch their videos, please visit: www.sharemyinauguration.com