Locals to attend Obama's inauguration

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By Nathan L. McBroom

When Barack Obama is inaugurated as the President of the United States in January, a group of Shelby County supporters will be there to cheer him on.

The Shelbyville chapter of the NAACP is organizing a trip to attend the inauguration ceremony in Washington on Jan. 20.

Local organizers are hoping that more than 50 people from the community will be there to "witness history in the making."

Debra Jordan, president of the local NAACP, said the inauguration of the first African American president is one of the most historic events in her lifetime.

She said she wouldn't dare miss it.

"I just can't express how excited I am," she said.

The trip, which will be conducted through Kentucky Tours in Danville, is scheduled to last three days and two nights.

However, Jordan said there is also a possibility that the group could go up for the inauguration and come back the next day.

While in the capital, the group also will travel to various landmarks and museums.

Jordan and the local group are just a fraction of the people expected to attend the inauguration ceremony.

Federal officials are expecting more than one million people to attend the swearing-in, speech and parade.

Tickets for Obama's swearing-in ceremony are currently selling $40,000, and the event is expected to be the most-watched television events in recent history.

Jordan said, despite the crowds and the hoopla, she has one hope in mind: She wants to see Obama.

"I'm praying that we get to see him," she said. "Even to get a glimpse would be an honor."

Jordan said Obama will have to overcome a barrage of problems as he steps into the oval office. And because of that he needs the support of the people, she said.

"He has a lot to deal and contend with," she said. "Hopefully he will bring the country together."

The total cost of the tour is not known at this time. But Jordan said the seats are filling up fast on a first-come, first-serve basis. She said in the coming weeks the NAACP will be posting flyers about the tour. Non-NAACP members are invited.

For more information, contact the NAACP office at 633-1789 or Sylvia Marshall at 633-6953.