Easter Egg Roll

21 Apr


Right now on the East Lawn of the White House, hundreds of children are rolling Easter eggs. This tradition began in 1878 and is the 136th annual event.

As I heard Obama on the news giving remarks about the days festivities, I smiled at the irony. Growing up, many families that I knew headed for the National Zoo on this day. Why you ask? Historically, African American children were excluded from the egg roll (my son and his two cousins -pictured above- would not have made the list). Their parents annually visited the zoo so that their children had a destination on Easter Monday and the tradition stuck.

I’m unsure of the volume headed to the zoo these days, but it’s an interesting bit of local history.

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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Civil Rights, Family, History, Politics, Race, Youth



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