A 5 year old's request for a T-Shirt results in 4 Busloads and Over 200 people heading off to Washington DC!

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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!


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Connie Harveyis a local agent with Pilkerton Realtors, serving home buyers and sellers in Nashville, TN, Brentwood TN, and Franklin TN. Let her help you realize your Real Estate goals. She can be reached at 615-371-2474.

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Kenneth Bargers
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Nashville, TN

Connie - This is a GREAT post!  Thank you for sharing.

Jan 18, 2009 06:42 PM #1
Thom Abbott
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Connie....Indeed...there are alot of people headed to Washington this week. While it would be memorable to be there, right in the think of things....I'd get cold, hungry and need to go to the bathroom. Therefore, I would be cranky as hell, and make my travel partner mad!

I have to work on Tuesday, so thanks to Direct TV, I'll see it in delayed time, perhaps with a glass of wine, on my living room couch, in my sweats, warm, tummy full and the bathroom just down the hall!

Besides, they will have cameras on every corner catching every angle possible!

Jan 18, 2009 10:51 PM #2
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Kenneth - thanks for visiting.

Thom - OMG my sentiments exactly! I don't do crowds well and I really don't like to be cold, especially in a port-a-pot. Hmmm I might actually watch it live.

Jan 19, 2009 08:21 AM #3
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Connie.. Now that the inauguration is over, it would be great to hear how Troys trip was.

valerie osterhoudt

Jan 21, 2009 06:25 PM #4
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Valerie - I am hoping to have an update this afternoon. There have been so many wonderful blogs about the inauguration!

Jan 22, 2009 09:25 AM #5
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Now that's pretty cool!  I want to see a youtube clip of the choir!

Mike in Tucson

Jan 25, 2009 05:13 AM #6
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Mike, what a great idea. Let me see what I can do!

Jan 25, 2009 01:33 PM #7
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