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New York Students Gather to Watch Inauguration

Students gather at the Harlem Armory to watch Obama's inauguration.

Students gather at Harlem Armory. (New York Times)

The Harlem Armory filled with nearly 6,000 children from 35-40 schools this morning. The room was filled with red, white and blue decorated tables, and a 20-student choir sang while attention was focused on a TV tuned to the Today Show.

“I haven’t seen this many people in this armory for years, and I’ve been coming here since I was 14. I’m excited. How many kids do you know who are actually interested in politics? This shows they’re not into drugs and stuff. They’re actually interested in their future,” said Michael Tucker, a 24-year-old volunteer cadet of the Harlem Youth Marine Corps.

As President Obama was sworn in, the entire room rose to its feet, the children waved flags, and some even chanted “Barack Obama Rocks!”.

Inauguration watch party at Obama's alma mater, Columbia University. (New York Times)

Inauguration watch party at Obama's alma mater, Columbia University. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Columbia University Low Memorial Library steps became a gathering point for university students and faculty, area school children and other community members. The university’s president, Lee C. Bollinger, welcomed the crowd, saying “Of all the people in the world who have the best of reasons to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama, none has more than Columbia University.“ The president of Obama’s alma mater said they would be “unembarrassed about our high hopes for the future.”

Read the rest of this story, and lean about other inaugural watch events in New York.



Ludacris Invites Indiana Students to Inauguration

Rapper Ludacris extends an inaugural invitation.

Rapper Ludacris extends an inaugural invitation.

Indiana students got a surprise guest last fall. Rapper Ludacris spoke before the school and announced that any 9th grader with a 3.0 GPA, and who has completed 20 hours of community service, would have the opportunity to attend the inauguration in person. The inauguration is peaking interest in the political process in ways these teachers say they haven’t seen since the 1960s.



Students Watching Inauguration in Classrooms

Barack H. Obama swears in as the 44th President of the United States.

Barack H. Obama swears in as the 44th President of the United States.

In the one place where most American students get their history education, they’ll be able to watch it being made today. Schools are showing the live inauguration of Barack Obama in classrooms, and assembling students in auditoriums to watch the historical event together.





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