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Clark Atlanta students head to D.C. for inauguration

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A group of about 40 Clark Atlanta University students piled into a bus Sunday evening for a whirlwind trip to Washington, D.C.

Chivone Smith, a senior journalism major, said she went to Pres. Barack Obama's first inauguration, too.

"As I was walking through the streets of D.C. in that crowd of people, I literally felt my ancestors there," Smith said. " I really felt, like, spirits around us - pushing us. It was kind of magical. I wanted to relive that experience."

Alexa Heard said her major was part of what inspired her to go.

"Well, I'm a history major, so the historical aspect of it really interested me," Heard said. "That and it's like, how many times are you really going to get to see a president be inaugurated."

Clark Atlanta University Student Government President Tyler Joshua Green said he was happy young adults are getting involved with politics, and that he wanted to go to the second inauguration to show his support to Obama.

"Show support to Pres. Obama in his second term," Green said.  "To show that the same people who put him in office the first time, are still backing him still, behind him and still ready to make a difference in the community."

The trip cost students about $100 - priceless to students who wanted the experience.

"I feel like because this president was the first time I really got a chance to vote, I got to know him, I got into politics because of him," Smith said. "I'm more interested in the topic as a whole. I feel like I'm more aware of what's going on. So I feel like I need to go to complete the cycle."

And the fact that the nation's first black president is being inaugurated on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Green said, is no coincidence.

"Pres. Obama certainly embodies what it means to live the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so it's far from ironic for tomorrow to be the day we celebrate it, as well as the day that we celebrate his inauguration for the second time," Green said.

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