January 16th, 2009
05:40 PM ET

Working together for change

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Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

Tomorrow I am headed to Washington for the inauguration of Barack Obama; but I won’t be going to any of the balls or parties or A-List events. Instead, my husband and I are taking our children with us, because we want them to understand this moment in history. We want them to understand how significant this day will be and why.

America has come a long way since our birth as a nation — a long way in a relatively short time; but we face enormous challenges in the weeks and months and years ahead. There is still so much work to be done and we have a long way to go. All Americans will need to be a part of the effort, including our children.

So on Monday, the day we celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, please consider participating in the national day of service as our new president has asked us to do. Go to USAservice.org for a list of volunteer opportunities in your area.

And then, if you can, spend the next day, Inauguration Day, with your children or a young person. This is a big moment in history, but it’s not about us. It’s about them — and their future.

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  1. Susan Stavola

    Never in my 59 years have I ever been so excited as we approach another era with our wonderful brand new President. I have been laid off for eight months and have tried to stay positive as my life is virtually slipping away from me. Yet I have so much hope. I know it will not be easy and will not happen tomorrow, but I know it will. I will work again and become once again a productive member of citizens. I have no health insurance and have many medical needs, but I have been fortunate to have a free clinic to go to for the moment know as Malta House of Care. God bless those doctors and nurses who provide us less fortunate with health care. I also have hope for my Granchildren that they will inherit a better America one day. Barak Obama proves the theory that only in America can any child achieve their goals. I feel that God has truly sent us our deliverer! God Bless you Mr President on this difficult journey you are about to take.

    January 19, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  2. ana maria

    Hello ! I was born in Lisbon Portugal, and I am sending this blog from Canada where I have lived for many years. Since two years ago I told all my family that Mr Obama would be President and they all told me I was Mad, that it would never hapen in the States. Many years ago when MR Luther died I cried with a broken heart, but today as I watch on tv the train trip I cry with Happinnes for a dream has come true.Thank you CNN for all the reports ,Inever missed one were Mr Obama would be talking. I can say that this will be good for America and for the world. This is a really romance story that will go down in history as the best period of the United States, I only wished I could be there. In spirit, I wish The President and his family the best,,may God bless them and may God bless America

    January 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  3. Ratna, New York, NY


    Your kids are very lucky to be eye-witnessing and participating in this very important part of history.

    January 16, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  4. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Larry I agree with you 100%. To be perfectly hoinest I would have voted for Obama if he was green with orange polka dots simply because he is a very intelligent well spoken man who is dydmetrically opposed to the conservative dogma that has nearly destroyed this nation and has created so much unwarrented hatred death and destruction in the world.

    Barack Obama will indeed be a true uniter and not just give it lip service as G W Bush did.

    January 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  5. JC-Los Angeles

    Inauguration day is the start of a new day in America and represents the end of the line for the connected rich kids that have always been mainlined into positions of power within government and industry.

    The harrowing state of our once proud nation has a lot to due with the connected few who lacked skills, vision and experience to lead but were placed in authoratative positions nonetheless.

    If nothing else, Obama's election is a long overdue slap in the face to "The Grand Old Party" and shows that more than connections are needed to succeed in today's America.

    January 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  6. Larry

    What is so special about the child of a white american woman and a man from kenya becoming potus? I could see it being significant if both of his parents were african american; however, it was his mother that made it possible, and she was white.

    If its the color of his skin that makes it significant then what does that say about the cry of MLK to not judge a person by the color of their skin? Obama supporters say they voted for him not just because he's black; then why even include that as a prerequisite?

    January 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm |