Events

Sing Free or Die: DC statehood singalong

D.C.’s road to statehood got a major push forward yesterday when adorable children came out for the righteous cause.   Singing the D.C. statehood song created by John Oliver on his show last week, these children took it to the Capitol with a rousing performance.
 

photo by Miki Jourdan
photo by Miki Jourdan

 
Miki Jourdan, Jocelyn Crawford, and I were all there photographing the event, along with a few more famous people such as Eleanor Holmes Norton and Miss District of Columbia. Here are some of the things we saw:
 

The adorable children

 

photo by Miki Jourdan
photo by Miki Jourdan

 
photo by Miki Jourdan
photo by Miki Jourdan

 
photo by Victoria Pickering
photo by Victoria Pickering

 
photo by Victoria Pickering
photo by Victoria Pickering

 
photo by Jocelyn Crawford
photo by Jocelyn Crawford

 

Miss District of Columbia

She was a major hit with everyone – kids, dogs, and adults.
 

photo by Miki Jourdan
photo by Miki Jourdan

 
photo by Miki Jourdan
photo by Miki Jourdan

 
photo by Miki Jourdan
photo by Miki Jourdan

 
photo by Victoria Pickering
photo by Victoria Pickering

 

The adults

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the shadow Senators, and other adults came to support the cause.
 

photo by Victoria Pickering
photo by Victoria Pickering

 
photo by Jocelyn Crawford
photo by Jocelyn Crawford

 
photo by Miki Jourdan
photo by Miki Jourdan

 
The performance was open to all children who showed up, and their enthusiasm was fantastic. The Hill is Home created the event and provided the adult support. Here’s their video of the kids singing.

And if you missed the original John Oliver segment, here it is:
 

I'm a D.C. native, but have only been taking photos for about five years. Even in that time, I've seen so many changes in D.C., and am increasingly interested in photographing the things in D.C. that are temporary or may be demolished, and the people who interact with the city. When I'm not out photographing, I'm a web developer.