Last year, I posted an American Creation blog, A New Book-oath on ‘A People’s History’ Has Come to Town, that reported the April 9th, 2019 swearing-in ceremony of JoBeth Harmon, who had been elected to the office of Oklahoma City Council. What was unusual about this occasion was the use of Howard Zinn’s A People History of the United States as the book upon which the newly elected office holder chose to take her oath.
As it turns out, a couple of months later on August 13th , a newly elected St. Louis County councilwoman, Keli Dunaway, made another unusual choice by placing her hand on a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss. Here’s a snippet taken from a Boston Globe article, Why a county councilwoman was sworn into office on a Dr. Seuss book explaining her choice:
It was a choice with personal meaning. Dunaway said her single mom was a coal miner who would say if she believed in herself and worked hard, Dunaway could achieve anything.
‘‘In my experience in life, that’s been true,’’ the graduate of the University of California Los Angeles Law School said.
When Dunaway, a former Barack Obama field organizer, became pregnant with her daughter in 2012, she was looking for books that offered the same inspiration as her mother’s advice. ‘‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’’ was the book.
A few more details are available at the Raw Story website, ‘Places You’ll Go’ for swearing-in ceremony instead of ‘The Bible’, by Sara K. Burris.