Well, my stepfather, he worked here on the Mall. But he never brought me down here. I believe that he didn't bring me because he really didn't feel that it was necessary for me to know the history of a lot of the memorials and people, you know, that the memorials are built for. I don't feel my stepfather there was a lot of connection between my race and say the politicians that put the country together.
Actually, the first time I came down here was in '95 with my uncle who was out of town and he really wanted to see the Mall area. And one of our stops when we came down here was the Lincoln Memorial When we were there we spent a good amount of time there reading up all the pamphlets and on the walls and the brochures, talking to the Rangers. And then, I believe it was very memorable for him. It was memorable for me too because it was my first time in D.C. I had never seen any type of memorial of any type up until that point so it was definitely a big deal for me. I think my uncle made me read all the literature in the Memorial 'cause he wanted me to get a general idea of who Lincoln was, why he should be remembered and basically the things he's done for not just, not just the Black race, but for America in general.
Well, I definitely plan to have a wife, kids, house, white picket fence, the American dream. I'm definitely gonna bring my future children down here to the Lincoln Memorial so they know that there was slavery, that there were slaves named Watts, that there was a man who had the power to end it all and he did.
When I look at the Lincoln Memorial and I look at Lincoln's face, I see a man that is satisfied with the changes he's made and I believe if he were alive today he'd be satisfied with the way things are going.