Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Exhausted but smiling, D.C. Del. Walter Fauntroy Tuesday night cut into a chocolate cake shaped like the district and bearing the legend:
"Congratulations Congressman Fauntroy for making all your dreams come true."
Fauntroy and many of the 200 people who packed the Man in the Green Hat restaurant on Capitol Hill came to celebrate what for many of them had appeared just a dream as late as last week.
A few hours earlier the Senate had passed a constitutional amendment which allows district residents full congressional representation, after ratification by 38 states.
For most of the audience the dream spoken of on the cake came true thanks to two other men whose memories were invoked frequently during the party.
"Two people are looking down on us from above - Martin Luther King who made this possible with Selma and President Johnson who made possible the voting rights bill of 1965," said attorney Joseph Rauh, who has fouhgt for Washington representation for more than 20 years.
Although none of the senators who voted for the bill came to the party, many of those who had worked since dawn lobbying for it were there.
And they saved their loudest cheers for Coretta Scott King, one of many major civil rights leaders who lobbied for the amendment yesterday.
"Martin's dream is still marching on," she told the wall-to-wall audience.
Later she said, "We started marching for freedom in 1955 . . . and today is a high point because it gives district citizens greater participation" in their nation.
"The miracle has been wrought," said city council chairman Sterling Tucker. "Most people felt this could not be done."
Johnny Barnes, Fauntroy's legislative assistant and one of the major architects of Tuesday's victory said, "We went hunting for a bear with a rock and created a David and Golisth story."
Dick Clark, president of the national citiizens' coalition which had helped engineer the amendment's passage, was blocked by the crowd and could not get inside the door of the restaurant.
Mayor Walter Washington made a brief appearance. Also in attendance were staffers for Sens. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Birch Bayh (D-Ind.) as well as for White House domestic affairs advisor Stuart Eizenstat. Martin Luther King Sr. was also there but left center stage open for his daughter-in-law.
None of the partygoers seemed concerned with the battle that still lies ahead: getting 38 state legislature to ratify the amendment within seven years.
"We know it'll be a difficult fight," Fauntroy worker Robert Obey said. "But we'll just see the same lobbying tactics we used on the Hill.
"People don't realize there was a black lobby before now, but there is."