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Faces in the Crowd

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

rashad with cornell west.jpg Name: Rashad Brown (pictured with author and professor Cornell West)
Age: 23
Residence: Tallahassee, Fla.
Profession: Recently graduated from Florida A&M University with master's in education and leadership.
Getting to Washington: Will take a 14-hour bus trip.
D.C. Accomodations: Staying with friends in the city.
Reason for Attending: Brown is a member of Florida A&M's Marching 100, the famed marching band, which will take part in the parade after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn-in. He plays the cymbals and they're practicing three to four hours a day. "We’re practicing day and night for the parade. The way we do things, we'll kind of do a show within the parade. It's pretty much up to us, but it has not been fully choreographed yet. Depending on the occasion it can be anywhere from three to four hours a day.

"This is a historical time with the inauguration. I see it as a pilgrimage being African-American, and a pinnacle experience to witness a once-in-a-lifetime moment. This is something that could be told to future generations of my family. I just want to live the experience and be in the place where it happens. I see it as ... a new era in politics, as well as everything in terms of the viewpoints of the country as a whole. We’re witnessing that."

By David A Nakamura  |  December 9, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  | Category:  Faces in the Crowd , Parade
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Congrats Rashad and the Marching 100 for all of your achievements! As an alumnus of FAMU, I am proud of my school and not surprised to hear you all will be in the parade. I too will be in the numbers of proud Americans in DC to witness this historical event. Now I will be all the more proud on this day because my school will go down in history once again for being a part of something great!! See you in DC!!!

Posted by: mygiftsvee | December 9, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

FedEx Members of The Electoral College

Last chance to lobby for Constitutional eligibility standard

Despite receiving more than 60,000 of our letters last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday that it had refused to review one of the cases challenging the President-elect's eligibility to hold that office.

That leaves it up to the Electoral College. If you want to do everything you can to see that the letter and spirit of the Constitution are upheld in this election year, this may be your last chance to weigh in before Inauguration Day. I urge you to send letters to members of the Electoral College.

With the new "FedEx the Electoral College" program, you can reach all 470 with a one-page pre-written letter, with your name and address attached, delivered overnight for less than it would cost you to FedEx one member - if you had the address.

Through Thursday at noon Eastern, WorldNetDaily.com is providing an opportunity to Americans who would like to contact electors of the next president before they vote Monday to send Obama to the White House.


Remember, the Electoral College convenes Monday, Dec. 15, to determine who the next president will be. After that, nothing stands in the way of a Barack Obama presidency -- and another nail in the coffin of literal interpretation of our Constitution.

Posted by: AJAX2 | December 9, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh Ajax2: You'll still be peddling that tripe when Obama is half way through his second term.


Nobody cares but you......and the other wingnuts.

Posted by: toritto | December 9, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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