Elementary (and Secondary) My Dear
It is always special when people approach us - sometimes it is a little girl, dancing while holding her mother's hand and walking to school, other times it is a busy worker trying to figure out how to get from A to B.
Yesterday was a bit different.
We were approached by a suited individual and asked to play at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from 9:30-10 AM the next morning (which was earlier today).
The event, we learned, commemorated the 50th anniversary of Congress passing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The act was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson who believed "full educational opportunity" should be "our first national goal."
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan followed our Civil Rights Era-inspired set with stories of educated children, civil rights progress over the past 50 years, and the work ahead. You can hear his remarks (by the way at the beginning of the video they were clapping for us!)
We feel honored to have been a part of this wonderful effort and hope that this country maintains President Johnson's vision into the future.
Here's to the kids: past, present, and future.