Four years ago, I was sitting on a bus in Washington DC with about 50 college students who were there for a conference with the ONE Campaign. We had just finished dinner and were on our way to take a night tour of the monuments. Suddenly, there was a loud roar from the back of the bus. Steven, a student from Iowa, came charging up the center aisle, phone in hand, yelling, “He won! He won! Barack Obama won Iowa!” The entire attitude in the bus changed. Republican, Democrat, what have you, all 50 of us understood that we were witnessing a major shift in our country. People were cheering and screaming all the way to our first stop on the tour.
Twenty minutes after Barack Obama won Iowa, I was standing where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have A Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ll never forget that moment.