ThatKellieGirl and Frederick Douglass at The Lion Ride.
It’s a beautiful thing when you see the fruits of your labor. Yesterday, ThatKellieGirl was so excited to be a part of the inaugural ”Lion Ride”. ThatKellieGirl was on the planning committee with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) to host the biking event in honor of civil rights advocate and former Anacostia resident Frederick Douglass. The event was named “The Lion Ride” because Douglass was known as the “Lion” of Anacostia because of his mane-like hair. The event was in partnership with the 5th Annual Frederick Douglass Family Day hosted by Fredrick Douglass National Historic Site. We also partnered with Capital Bikeshare and Bike & Roll who loaned out bikes and helmets to attendees. We had close to 100 people show-up to ride bikes from the Frederick Douglass House to Anacostia Park! It was hot, but thank goodness for the breeze off of the Anacostia River to cool us down a bit! Attendees were treated to free ice cream, cupcakes, music, dancing, bicycle portraits, historic house tours, and Massachusetts 54th re-enactors. And the Frederick Douglass impersonator was a big hit with everyone!
If you know ThatKellieGirl, you know I love to do bike rides. However, this was by far my favorite bike ride event. I was so happy to hear so many people say this was their first time on a bike since they were a kid. And to see so many young people who were excited to ride bikes was priceless. To me, it really is about the youth and creating a generation that is conscious about their history, their health and fitness and their community.
And a BIG “Thank You” to Adrienne McCray for recruiting bike marshalls from Artemis Bicycling Club. ThatKellieGirl is already looking forward to next year. And I hope you will join us. Enjoy the pictures below.
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl
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