Pres. Obama's inauguration falls on MLK holiday

6:55 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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Two national events with significance in the African American community fell on the same day this year: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and President Obama's second inauguration.

Both events happening simultaneously is an occurrence many at the 28th annual Knoxville celebration of Dr. King thought would never happen.

"I'd never thought I'd see something like this," said Knoxville resident Harold Bassett, watching the MLK parade. "I wish my father would see this, he would love a day like this."

"It's hard to explain. I think it's wonderful. I didn't ever expect to celebrate it in my lifetime," attendee Jocelyn Perry added.

At the Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church, where the services for the civil rights leader took place, many people took time to talk about the significance of this day.

Attendee Danielle Davis went to President Obama's first inauguration four years ago in  D.C. She called Monday's swearing in just as important as the first one in 2009, additionally because of the two events falling on the same day.

"Just because of the history. Obviously, Dr. King paved the way so that Barack Obama could eventually run and become president," Davis said.

With a second term for President Obama, some said it only means a brighter future for the African American community.

"It means a great deal, especially for Black history, because we go back so far, but don't know how far (we will go)," Bassett added

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