Mississippians Head to Presidential InaugurationBy Sandra Knispel | Published 22 Jan 2013 11:16pm |
Quite a few Mississippians are part of today’s 57th presidential inauguration that will get underway later this morning. MPB’s Sandra Knispel has more.
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and a political activist in her own right, will be the first laywoman to give the invocation at a presidential inauguration. The 79-year old will lead the prayer at President Barack Obama's swearing-in today. But not just the famous made the trip to D.C. to witness history.
"Well, it’s a historic event. First of all, it is unique that it’s falling right on Martin Luther King Day and it’s a very historical event in terms of President Obama being elected for a second term and presidency. So, we’re going to appreciate it and live the moment,” says Tammy Goulet.
Ole Miss biology professor Goulet, who happens to be in Washington for a conference, decided to take her 12-year-old son Yaniv along and was able to snag two of the last tickets available to Mississippians.
Reporter: “Are you excited?” “Yes, I’m very excited,” says Yaniv Goulet. “Seeing the president in person you could say. Because you are there standing instead of watching it on a TV and going to all the museums in Washington, beacsue this will be my first trip there. So I’m hoping to see a lot of cool stuff in the museums there.”
“I’m a peace activist, a civil rights leader, a beekeeper, a championship racket ball player and an enthusiastic volunteer for Democratic politics here in the state of Mississippi.”
That’s 53-year-old Kelly Jacobs from Hernando who’s not just the proud holder of a South-Lawn standing area ticket to the swearing-in ceremony – but also the official inaugural ball tonight. And in case you wondered what she’ll wear to that…
“I’m going to be wearing an outfit that I made,” explains Jacobs . I sewed sequins to a top that I made in the shape of President Obama’s face. The sequins on the front are his face in black, the sequins on the back are his face in white to signify President Obama’s mixed heritage. Because, in my opinion our President is just as white as he is black.”
Add to that roughly 150 members of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard to support the inauguration ceremony. They are in the capital for help with crowd management, traffic control, and check point operations.
Sandra Knispel, MPB News, Oxford
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