Many remain behind to watch inauguration in the Mid-South - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Many remain behind to watch inauguration in the Mid-South

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Getting a ticket to Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington D.C. is like winning the lottery, but some people just don't want to deal with all the chaos.

That's why many plan to stay here in the Mid-South.  On inauguration night, Bar-Kay's front man Larry Dodson will perform in the Peabody Hotel Grand Ballroom for the "Yes We Can" black-tie dinner.
 
"For those who couldn't go to the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C. and didn't want to spend five, ten thousand dollars, could stay right here, and we'll be able to see some stuff going on in D.C. through simulcasts here," Dodson said.
 
And people who can't get to D.C. are having a ball right here in the Mid-South.  They're getting their own fixings and having inaugural events in the comfort of their homes.

"The alignment between Dr. King and his dream and the reality of living the dream -- we are so happy that we are living the dream," said 'Yes We Can' Ball organizer Eunice Johnson.

Most inauguration watch events will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Memphis City Schools students will either watch the ceremony at Olivet Fellowship Baptist Church on Knight Arnold or on closed circuit television at school.

"With the temperatures there, with the crowds, with the lack of urinals there, we felt that we needed something in Memphis," said 'Yes We Can' organizer Mick Burchett.

Shelby County Commission Chairman Deidre Malone and City Council Chairman Myron Lowery are holding a brunch at the Holiday Inn Select on Democrat Road.      

Meghan Carr says she couldn't imagine going to D.C.She's going to the Peabody.

Bar-Kays and Stax represented the time when decades ago blacks and whites were working together and it showed the potential there, but it wasn't fulfilled," Carr said. "I have a lot of hope that we're actually having that potential fulfilled."

The National Civil Rights Museum will show the ceremony on wide screens for free.


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