Carousel on the National Mall in Washington DC is an unlikely symbol of the civil rights movement. On August 28th, 1963, the same day Martin Luther King gave his “I have a Dream” speech, Baltimore’s Gwynn Oak Amusement Park ended its segregation policy after a decade of protest. Charles Langley and his 11-month old daughter Sharon were the first black Americans to ride this carousel, an event documented by reporters. In 1981, this ride was moved to the National Mall and has been open to everyone since then. Click on the image for a larger view.
We had a marvelous time at the 2019 Greater Kansas City Japan Festival in Kansas City on Saturaday. Many people attended our Shikoku pilgrimage lecture. The festival had an eclectic schedule involving performances, vendors, food, and events. There were sumo wrestling and your favorite anime characters. Click on the image for a larger view.