Faces in the Crowd
A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Name: Rashad Brown (pictured with author and professor Cornell West)
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."
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