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SPECIAL INAUGURATION DAY EDITION
Jan 21, 2009
Volume 2 - No. 3
Darwin Campbell, Executive Publisher
A Weekly Publication
Inauguration Day Stories
President Barack Obama Inspires Hope; Ushers In New Era; Priorities
DALLAS- America is awash in the spirit of hope, optimism and good will all brought about with the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
From the Mall in Washington to the steps of the U.S. Capitol to the streets of Washington, the contagious spirit is spreading across the land as Americans appear ready to stand up, rally and work believing that now is the time to make America great again.
“These are the best of times because people have been stirred to get involved in their communities and make a difference,” said South Dallas/Oak Cliff activist Edna Pemberton. “President Obama is the kind of president we need right now. He has pulled people together and got people to believe they can be part of the solution.”
Pemberton spent Inauguration Day watching Obama swear-in with a crowd of over 300 at the South Dallas Café.
According to Pemberton, the event drew a true rainbow of people including Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Republicans and Democrats.
Obama has challenged all Americans with a call to service, action and responsibility.
“He is sincere and his spirit is high,” he said. “He will be a great president and is indeed a president for all the people.”
The inauguration was special for Marty Doucette whose daughter and two grandchildren, Malik, 14 and Khalia, 18, traveled to Washington to witness history up close and personal.
Doucette said streams of emotions flow when thinking of how much progress has been made since the days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
“This is a new day and the biggest event in our lifetime,” she said. “I am excited because of the reactions of my grandchildren and other young people who are energized, inspired and excited about this historical day.”
For Doucette, Obama’s move to the White House is marked by the change in priorities in Washington that now focus on the nation, its citizens and domestic issues.
“It is like we have been give permission to exhale and hope again,” she said. “This is an age that will end complacency, remove excuses and give everyone an opportunity to work and move forward and be all that we can be. This will make all our families, communities and homes better.”
In many predominantly African-American high schools and elementary schools across Texas, principals, administrators and students paused to watch the inauguration and swearing-in ceremony live allowing the historical moment to sink in and grow in the hearts and minds of African-American students who also have dreams of growing up to aspire to do great things.
Many Black families sat together in living rooms and around televisions to watch and talk about what President Obama's ascension to power means to Black Pride, Black people, Black neighborhoods and personal goals and dreams.
WASHINGTON- For McLennan County Commissioner Lester Gibson, the challenge of rising early to catch the train to Washington for the inauguration was well worth the history making event and meeting thousands of Blacks and others from all over the United States from Texas to California to Illinois and New York to share this hallmark moment in history.
“What is most impressive is the interest, high spirits and attendance,” Gibson said. “African-Americans from all across the spectrum are represented here and what is even better is all generations are represented here. This has to be the most attended inaugural in American history and I am proud of our representation.”
Gibson witnessed the interaction of older with younger and noted the number of people interacting in groups and sharing and recalling experiences and telling stories about past events and moments in Black history.
He saw people waving flags, cheering and elated about Obama’s inauguration, but he also remembers the faces of those who shed tears of joy after years of suppressed equality and justice and lack of opportunity.
“I thought I was at the Million Man and Million Woman March,” he said. “We were not diluted in this great crowd. We were very well represented.”
Some recalled days when African-Americans could not eat in restaurants, stay in hotels or shop in stores with Whites and others shared personal moments about life under Jim Crow Laws in the South and the poll taxes and persecution of Blacks for voting.
All is but a distant memory with Barack Obama standing tall before America and the world to take his historic oath as the nation’s 44th President of the United States.
Gibson also talked about the economic impact on Washington D.C. and wondered about how it could be a blueprint for economic stimulus across this country.
“There was a lot of merchandising, lot of Black folk selling things and a lot of networking between people and officials,” he said. “I sense this networking could be the start of something greater to come.”
To Gibson, witnessing the inauguration was a once in a lifetime event and gave him hope that tomorrow things will improve for future generations.
“President Barack (Obama) plan to bring about unity and inclusiveness is underway,” he said. “He has built a real rainbow coalition of people across this country and from this we will see change, more involvement, more activism and community service.”