South Puget Sound Community College’s Dean of College Relations, Kellie Braseth, attended President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. She made the trip with her family to Washington, D.C. over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend to witness American history being made.
Braseth’s brother and sister went to President Obama’s first inauguration four years ago. When the president’s second inauguration was about to happen, they decided to go again, this time with more family.
They turned to their mother who has a long-standing friendship with an Idaho senator. Senator Michael Crapo gave them enough tickets for everyone to attend the historical event.
She and her family attended and were present for all of the amazing performances.
The Braseth family also wanted to see the attractions Washington, D.C. had to offer. The day after the inauguration, they went to see the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The memorial is a large statue of Martin Luther King Jr. protruding from a stone block statue with some of his famous quotes engraved on the sides.
Behind the statue is another stone with more quotes. One really stood out to Braseth, “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”
This was taken from Martin Luther King’s speech in Norway when he was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
To Braseth, this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. was “energizing.” Her work at SPSCC deals with the education and culture piece of the quote, for both students and the community alike.
Braseth described this as a “moving experience,” one that she said every American should make time for—to see a presidential inauguration and witness history being made.