How can the simple request of a 5 year old cause so much action you might ask?Last summer Javion McClain was attending a Braves game in Atlanta with his family and he asked to purchase a souvenir. A ballcap maybe? A play tomahawk? No. He wanted an Obama T-Shirt that read "Tell your Mama to vote for Obama!" Unfortunately they didn't have one in his size, but his interest in the Obama campain only increased after that.
Dad, Troy, promised his sons that if Obama won he would take them to Washington DC for the Inauguration. Well November 4, 2008 is history. Troy told some friends at church about his plans and before they new it over 200 people had signed up to go!
The trip is now being sponsored by one of the oldest African-American churches in Nashville, Tennessee, Providence Missionary Baptist Church. This church, founded in 1868 by freed slaves is one of the largest in Nashville. I have personally never attended this church but I understand that they have one of the best Choirs in town!
Tonight at 10:00pm 4 buses will leave from Providence on their journey to watch history in the making. On board will be Gail Kerr, columnist and George Walker IV, photographer from the Tennessean. You can follow their trip on line http://roadtrip2dc.blogspot.com where Gail and George will add updates as they go along.
Most of the planning was done by Troy himself. He found their hotel rooms in Baltimore and has made reservations for them to eat at a Golden Corral, an IHOP and a Cracker Barrel. I saw an interview he did earlier this week. When asked about all the work involved, he just responded that "it wasn't any trouble". I can wait to hear how the trip went. Bon voyage everyone!