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Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. – Martin Luther King, Jr. King Supplement Inside • C e l e b r a t i n g 4 8 Ye a r s o f S e r v i c e • Serving More Than 50,000 African American Readers Throughout The Metropolitan Area / Vol. 48, No. 14 Jan. 17 - Jan. 23, 2013 Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, (D), addresses supporters and the media about repealing Maryland’s death penalty at the State Senate Building in Annapolis, Md., on Tuesday, Jan. 15. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah Inauguration Preparations in Full Swing By Barrington M. Salmon WI Staff Writer Tens of thousands of people are hard at work in the District putting the finishing touches on events and related activities marking President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Obama will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Jan. 21. Later, the first family will lead a parade of floats, military units, marching bands, dancers and others along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest. Ann Walters, a Jamaican native who has lived in the District of Columbia for more than 20 years, counted among the throng of people who converged on the National Mall in January 2009 and who witnessed Obama’s swearing-in as America’s first African-American president. “I went with friends who wanted to witness this important event,” said Walters, a local businesswoman. “They were gung- ho, were in town and wanted to go. It was so cold, we couldn’t get close to anything and transportation was messed up but it was good to be there.” Walters said in Jamaica it is commonplace to see black leaders running the country. “It’s less significant than it might have been because of Visit us online for daily updates and much more @ D.C. Political Roundup Page 5 Charles Steele Returns to SCLC Page 10 where I come from. We’re used to having leaders who look like us,” she said. “But I understand the context of where blacks in this country are coming from with slavery, oppression, racism and the blatant disrespect they face. It was interesting to see in this the fulfillment of people like See INAUGURAL on Page 8 Follow us on Sports Highlights Page 30 and on DCTV 95 & 96

Washington Informer - January 17, 2013

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