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Campers visit Dr. Martin Luther King monument in D.C.

14 Special to AmNews | , Olayemi Odesanya | 8/31/2012, 10:30 a.m.
On Friday, Aug. 24, campers from Brooklyn's Don't Shoot NYC and Man Up Inc. B...
Campers visit Dr. Martin Luther King monument in D.C.

On Friday, Aug. 24, campers from Brooklyn's Don't Shoot NYC and Man Up Inc. B & G camp went to Washington, D.C. This trip, with this reporter accompanying them, was the final treat for the summer campers. We toured the nation's capital and saw the famous Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. This is a great landscape.

Visiting this memorial was a wonderful experience. King's huge statue is not just a single object or memorial dominating the site. The statue represents what King wanted in this world: justice, democracy, hope and love. Around King's statue there is semicircular geometry inscribed with his powerful words. The memorial, juxtaposed within the triangular configuration of the site, engages the Tidal Basin and frames views of the water.

We saw landmarks such as the White House and the Washington Monument, one of the most popular structures in Washington, D.C. The 555-foot, 5-1/8-inch marble obelisk honors one of the nation's founding fathers, George Washington.

We drove by Howard University and the camp counselors encouraged the campers to make sure they go to college. We walked through downtown D.C., and we went to a restaurant for lunch.

We left D.C. around 5 p.m., getting to New York at 11:30 p.m. We laughed, we ate and we learned a lot about Washington, D.C. This was an amazing trip organized by Andre Mitchell's Man Up Inc. I am glad that I was able to go along with them.

This was the last trip and day of the camp, and many of the campers and their parents who also came along said that they cannot wait until next year for this amazing experience again. Some of the campers are already signed up for the Man Up Inc.'s Harambay after-school program.

For more information, call 718-498-2320 or visit www.manupinc.org.