While visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, I came across this souvenir cart. It caught my attention because it reminded me of the souvenir stands where I had purchased postcards of the sites and monuments I visited as a child. This particular souvenir stand was situated next to the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where Dr. King served as pastor with his father, “Daddy King”, from 1960 until his death in 1968. When I asked Tremaine, the attendant at the souvenir stand, if I could photograph him in front of the cart, he asked if he could grab something from inside. He came out holding this poster of President Obama with his wife, Michelle, at the presidential inaugural celebration in 2009. As I was preparing this image for posting, segments of Dr. King’s I Have A Dream speech ran through my head. This photograph of the president and his wife at the inaugural ball represent the realization of Dr. Kings dream almost fifty years after he stood at the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed:.
…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.