Taking the kids — and exploring African-American history in Washington, DC, and beyond
By Eileen Ogintz
The Obama Inauguration Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Chicago Tribune)
Talk about the best birthday present ever.
You’ve got to think that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be smiling down as we, on the same day, celebrate his birth and the second inauguration of Barack Obama, our first African-American president.
Ask your kids if they think Dr. King could have ever imagined this day when he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963. On steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in front of 200,000 civil rights supporters, he resolutely called for an end to racism in the United States.
“I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” Dr. King said. “I have a dream today!”