Khyesha McCall, Marvell-Elaine High School's FBLA President, boarded a bus headed for Washington D.C. on January 19. She was among 300 people on board one of six buses traveling with the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission to President Obama's inauguration.
After stops in Knoxville, Tenn. and Christiansburg, Va., the group arrived in D.C. Sunday afternoon. The anticipation and excitement of the 57th presidential inauguration grew for Khyesha after she had her ticket in hand for the inauguration ceremonies.
Khyesha said she had an ideal spot to witness the event. Besides recalling President Obama's vision of broadening equality and prosperity, combating global warming and nurturing world democracy, she was moved by the fact that he said it would take a “collective action” to confront the nation's challenges.
“He spoke about our (the nation's) possibilities being limitless because of all the qualities we possess,” commented Khyesha.
She felt as though his speech was a message of hope and unity.
Besides attending the inauguration and witnessing some historical snippets along the National Mall, Khyesha visited the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Veteran's Memorial and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The highlight of her trip was her tour of the King Memorial. She felt that the placement of Dr. King's Memorial and the rock used in creating his statue were significant. His memorial is located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.
“In essence, we have three great leaders from the last three centuries,” she said. “The crystals in the granite represent the fact that Dr. King's Dream would not and could not be achieved based upon his efforts alone—it would the result of collaborative actions by people. Working together, we can change circumstances and events to achieve a universal dream.”
As an added bonus, the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission sponsored a “King/Obama Celebration Ball”.
This cultural enrichment field trip is one of the many cultural enrichment trips, which Marvell-Elaine High School provides for its students, and it signifies the district's theme of “Success Is Our Only Option!”