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Woman counts down days until trip to inauguration

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC-TV) - A north Mississippi woman is counting down the days until she leaves for Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Gertrude and Eddie Bridgforth have been married for 67 years, something Gertrude is extremely proud of.  A close second, she said Tuesday, was seeing Obama become the first African-American elected to the presidency.

It's something she hoped would happen.

"I had said before he won that I was going to the inauguration, 'cause I always felt he was going to win and that I would be going," she said.

Bridgforth marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during some dangerous times while helping her father register African Americans to vote in DeSoto County. She witnessed the sanitation workers strike first hand, and volunteered at the National Civil Rights Museum for 10 years to share the history.  

"I feel like that I'm standing on the shoulders of my father," she said. "Not only my father, but other great people."

Bridgforth will go to the inauguration after being invited by a friend who received tickets from Congressman Travis Childers.  The 85-year old said she is proud of the fact her country has come this far.

"We've made a lot of progress," she said. "It says that there are a lot of people who have put aside their prejudices and their differences and they look at a man as a man, and not just as a number."

Bridgforth will depart for Washington on the 17th, staying with her sister in Maryland. She says she is looking forward to what she believes will be the trip of a lifetime.

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