When Barack Obama is sworn in as the first African American president many Arkansans will be there for the historic event. Some started making plans even before the election took place and now that it has, they are flooding local tour companies with calls trying to get to DC for the January 20th inauguration. Entire families, church groups and even college students are making plans to be on the capitol mall when this historic event takes place.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed." Many believe Dr. Martin Luther King's dream is being realized with Barack Obama elected the first African American president. "Certainly to see that Dr. King's dream would come together 45 years after that speech everybody could come together and you see change happening," says DuShun Scrabrough with the MLK Commission.
Scarbrough wants college students here in Arkansas to witness that change first hand. The commission chartered a bus and is inviting college students of all races to join them in our nation's capitol. "To be able to promote diversity and witness such an event all together and to have a brief discussion about Dr. King and his dream coming to fruition."
The phone started ringing off the hook at Little Rock Tours starting Wednesday morning. Dozens of people called wanting to know if there's room for them on the trip to DC. The agency put together three tour packages for the inaugural activities and has four buses ready to go. "It's a neat feeling. Anyone who remembers MLK, studied MLK, has listened to that speech, they feel like this is a similar time."
And while it's more than two months away, hotels in DC are booked solid and rooms in the surrounding areas are going fast.
Both the MLK commission Tour and Little Rock Tours packages provide round trip bus ride and hotel stay. They do not include tickets to the inauguration. The only way to get tickets at this point is through your state senator or representative. However people will be allowed on the Capital mall during the event just not in the immediate area.
If you're a college student interested in attending call the MLK commission at 1-888-290-KING. You can also call Little Rock Tours at 501-TOUR BUS or 1-800-933-3836.