Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - January 21, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Barack Obama takes the oath cf office Tuesday from Chief Justice John Roberts to become vhe 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
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McLin Malone receives a hug Tuesday from Robert Lucas at the Trinity School Class of 1966 gathering. Several Trinity classes met to watch the uration at the Days Inn banquet room in Athens.
By Jean Cole
Dora Ashford’s 80-year-old eyes misted as she watched Barack Obama take the oath of office Tuesday as the nation’s first black president.
“I’m so thankful I lived to see this,” said Ashford of Athens, who grew up amid the Jim Crow Laws requiring separate black and white restrooms, restaurants and other facilities but went on to earn her doctorate and retire from Athens State University. “I did not think it would happen in my lifetime.”
Ashford graduated from and later served as counselor at Trinity High School, an allblack school near Athens that opened after the Civil War and closed in 19T0 with the end of the segregated school system.
She was one of more than 30 Trinity graduates, family members and friends who gathered at the Days Inn Tuesday to watch the inaugural ceremony on television.
Class of ’61 graduate Marie Kirby was excited - almost giddy - as the ceremony was about to begin.
Read the text of Obama’s inaugural address at www.enewscourier.com.
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Above, Dora Ashford, former counselor at Trinity High School, an all-black school that closed in 1970, is emotional as she soaks in the inauguration of Barack Obama.
“I heard someone describe it as a peaceful revolution,” Marie said of Obama’s win. Although she started out as a Hillary Clinton supporter, Marie switched to Obama when it
See Local, page 3A
Shelly Brownell Geneva Hasting Griffin Alice Ann Lawson Annie Bell Mills Sports ........................IB
) Local students in D.C., p. 4A
> World reacts., p. 5A
> Inaugural scene, 13A
> Highlights of address, p. 14A ) Kenya celebrates, 15A
> State celebrations, p. 16A
> First Lady’s fashions, 1C
PLUS Text of inaugural address at enewscourier.com under Local News heading
World watches Americas historic moment as Barack Obama becomes 44th president
Obama parades to White House after historic oath
WASHINGTON (AP) - Before a jubilant crowd of more than a million, Barack Hussein Obama claimed his place in his tory as America’s first black president, summoning a dispirited nation to unite in hope against the “gathering clouds and raging storms” of war and economic woe.
On an extraordinary day in the life of America, people of all colors and ages waited for hours Tuesday in frigid temperatures to witness a young black man with a foreign-sounding name take command of a nation founded by slaveholders. It was a scene watched in fascination by many millions perhaps billions — around the world.
“We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” the nation s 44th president said.
The presidency passed to Democrat Obama from Republican George W. ¿lush at the stroke of noon, marking one of democracy’s greatest gifts: the peaceful transfer of power.
But a stark transfer all the same. In one of the new administration’s first acts, Obama ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until further review — this after Bush’s fi-
See President, page 2A
Local residents rejoice, shed tears on day that ‘will go down in history'