I TOO AM AMERICA…


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Last month my husband and I took our second journey to Washington, DC to be a part of events for the 57th Presidential Inauguration.  We were part of the millions of individuals who took over the district in 2008.   And after continually being active as part of  both campaigns and helping to move the Obama Administration’s agenda forward, we wanted to be present again.  Like 2008, I reserved a hotel room literally one full year before the inauguration, yes I had that much faith that President Obama would be re-elected.  And after serving as a National Delegate at the Democratic National Convention, I was even more confident.  It never occurred to me that he might loose and I might have to cancel the reservation.

During the journey along I-95, one of my favorite Langston Hughes poems came to mind.  It was actually one of the first poems I memorized.  The last line of the poem reads, “I, too, am America.”  This simple line reflected how I felt during a trip that involved volunteering at the Presidential Inaugural Committee Headquarters; visiting the Russell House Senate Office building; attending the Inauguration in a ticketed area; attending a ground breaking OFA Legacy Conference; attending a White House Policy Briefing for Community Leaders; touring the East Wing of the White House and ending with a visit to the Library of Congress.

For me it just seems right that I would have these opportunities in my nations capitol mainly because my ancestors made it possible.  I was raised to believe that any goal I chose to reach, I could achieve with hard work and God’s grace.  So it just seemed right that this part of what it was to be American specifically North American was my privilege and right.  Yes, I know the reality that there is still racism and ignorance within society but I strive to walk over and through it for I, too, am America.

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I, Too

by Langston Hughes

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I, too, sing America.

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I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.

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Tomorrow,

I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”

Then.

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Besides,

They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

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I, too, am America.

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Source: Poetry Foundation Website http://www.poetryfoundation.org

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A picture says a thousand words, so here are a few thousand to reflect on…

Golden 2013 Inauguration Tickets

Golden 2013 Inauguration Tickets

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Invitation to the 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Invitation to the 57th U.S. Presidential Inauguration

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Best Mode of Transportation in DC

Best Mode of Transportation in DC

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Volunteering at the Presidential Inaugural Committee HQ

Volunteering at the Presidential Inaugural Committee HQ

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South Carolina Digital Desk for National Day of Service

South Carolina Digital Desk for National Day of Service

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Learning the Next Steps for OFA 3.0

Learning the Next Steps for OFA 3.0

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Friends and Fellows for Obama

Friends and Fellows for Obama

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Having Some Fun

Having Some Fun

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The Big Day

The Big Day

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In the Gold Ticket Area, Happy and Waiting

In the Gold Ticket Area, Happy and Waiting

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Hotel Right By Parade Route

Hotel Right By Parade Route

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My Proudest Photo - Taken with my iPhone

My Proudest Photo – Taken with my iPhone

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Learning at the White House Policy Briefing

Learning at the White House Policy Briefing

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Just Inside the East Wing

Just Inside the East Wing

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Looking Fondly Upon a Late Leader

Looking Fondly Upon a Late Leader

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Some of the South Carolina Team with President Clinton Looking Over Our Shoulder

Some of the South Carolina Team with President Clinton Looking Over Our Shoulder

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And We Got Cookies

And We Got Cookies

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A Cookie and a White House Thank You

A Cookie and a White House Thank You

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Library of Congress and the End of a Wonderful Trip

Library of Congress and the End of a Wonderful Trip

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All photos are property of the author.

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