WMBD/WYZZ-TV—PEORIA-- K.A.K. Barbershop staff say they did not have to be in Washington, D.C. to be a part what they call a "tremendous" new dawn, that's adds new meaning to civil rights.
For some, the Inauguration marks a day they never expected to witness.“I remember the time when I was a child and grew up down in southern Illinois and I was refused service and some lunch counters and I never thought I’d see this day,” said barber John Kelley.
Garrie Allen shares the sentiment.
Allen says his feet are deep rooted in the
days of Jim Crow. Spending his younger years taking part in sit-ins, and
fighting for civil rights.
As for whether he expected the notion of a
black president to become a reality, “Oh, hecky naw, not in my lifetime! This
is a large step, this means you won't look at people color before you look at
While President Obama sounds ready to brace our economic, healthcare, and war-related storms, it’s hard to find doubt his ability to lead at K.A.K.
So as they look to the days ahead with our
first African American Commander in Chief, they can't help but think about what
this says about racism in the U.S.
won't end racism, but it's a big step toward ending racism,” advised Kelly.