Politics & Government

January 16, 2009 1:47 PM

Obama inauguration beyond dreams of civil rights generation

Palmira Braswell, like many other members of the civil rights generation living in Georgia, views Obama's inauguration as a watershed moment akin to the 1963 march on Washington. They are the generation that witnessed firsthand the bloody and violent racial history Billie Holiday sang of in "Strange Fruit." They are also the generation that bore witness as their comrades and, later, their children went on to serve on the city council, state and federal offices.

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