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Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Family_in_Black[1]83.JPGNames: Jamie Elizabeth Terry, Nelson C. Anthony, and twin sons Canann and Coulson
Ages: Terry, 46; Anthony, 53; Canaan and Coulson, 11
Residence: Pearland, Texas (suburb of Houston)
Profession: Terry, general surgeon; Anthony, regional sales manager for technology company; Canaan and Coulson, sixth-graders
Getting to Washington: Flying. Using frequent flier miles that were being saved for a ski trip.
D.C. Accommodations: Staying with former college classmates in Silver Spring.
Reason for Attending: Terry grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and her father James Terry was a partner in a law firm with Carl Stokes, who went on to become the first elected black mayor of a major U.S. city in 1968. "For me to have lived to see one of two first black mayors in the U.S. and then go on and mother two sons who have lived to see the first African-American to become president, what a great gift to give to my sons to see and live that part of history," Terry said.

Living in conservative Pearland, Terry said her family had Obama yard signs ripped from their lawn by vandals and the family refrained from putting stickers on their car, lest they draw more unwanted negative attention. It reminded her of her youth when her father campaigned for Stokes and her family's Halloween pumpkins were destroyed.

"One of my sons is the only African-American in his sixth-grade class," Terry said. "When he said to me, 'You don't know what it's like to be me,' I told him, 'I do know what it feels like to be you. When you come to school, everyone who sees you will think of Barack.' Instead of sneering at me like he usually does, he really seemed to understand."


By David A Nakamura  |  November 17, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Faces in the Crowd
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