Civil Rights Activist Committee heading to Washington
A Birmingham group, including some who marched for civil rights 50 years ago, are on their way to Washington Sunday night. They'll witness President Obama taking the oath of office for a second time.
President Barak Obama took his second oath of office during a private ceremony Sunday morning. But he'll take that oath again on Martin Luther King Day before hundreds of thousands of people.
Derrick Brown says "We're excited, we're enthused, fired up and ready to go again. Hoping for another good term." Gloria Washington Lewis Randall says "This is another moment in history." A moment, members of the "Civil Rights Activist Committee: Home of the Foot Soldiers" are ready to take in.
The organization's Business Manager, Shirley Gavin Floyd, says "We want to put our foot on the ground on that particular time he raises his hand, cause we feel, what we marched for, was not in vain." Floyd says she feels an overwhelming sense of pride. Many who boarded this bus for the Presidential inauguration.. marched during the Civil Rights Movement fifty years ago.
Randall says "They were courageous, they were dependable. We were successful in we brought a nation to its knees. We changed the world."
During the ride to Washington, members will remember that period in time by watching Civil Rights Films and talking about the history before witnessing another important moment, when the president takes the oath of office for a second term. Brown says, It's very important, It's clearly bucket list. You have to know how your government works, you have to get enthused in it." Brown also says the Foot Soldiers must help people stay engaged. Floyd says, "It motivates me to do things today that those pilgrims did in the past so all men would have a better way."
After President Obama is sworn in, the group say they'll try to get a glimpse of him in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue before boarding the bus to head back home.