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Faces in the Crowd

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

Micheleking.jpgName: Michele King
Age: 35
Residence: Chicago
Profession: Business manager at a public access television station
Getting to Washington: King and three friends have rented an SUV and plan on driving to Washington on Jan. 17. Their road trip is a shout-out to Oprah and Gayle’s Big Adventure, a cross-country road trip the talk show host took with her best friend, Gayle King.
D.C. Accommodations: Crystal City Marriott
Reason for Attending: For King, attending the inauguration is about being a part of history in the making, but it’s also about looking back. King and about a dozen of her “sands” — people who joined at the same time she did — will be using inauguration week as a reunion of sorts.

“Now we have another moment that we’re sharing with each other. In the spring of 1996 we all became a part of our organization, and now in 2009 we can have this historical moment as another bond that connects us,” says King, who joined Zeta Phi Beta sorority while attending Chicago State University.

Reunion attendees will come from Washington, Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Delaware. They plan to attend inauguration festivities and see the D.C. sights together, King said. King and some of her “sands” also will be attending events organized by the Young and Powerful Group, a civic association in seven cities including Chicago.

King keeps in touch with her “sands” via a nationwide e-mail listserv. Being connected through the listserv helped facilitate the reunion planning, she said.

“The most important thing for me is just to be a part of the crowd and for us to hang out with each other, talk about how we’re feeling and talk about those who couldn’t make it to D.C.,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for us to partake in the activities of the inauguration together.”

— By Brittany Levine

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 24, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  | Category:  Faces in the Crowd
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