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17.01.2009 US & Canada

African-Americans Celebrate Obama

By Daily Guide
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Oprah(R) Barack and Michelle Obama THE AFRICA-American Association of Ghana (AAAG) is expected to host a viewing of the historic swearing-in of Barack Hussein Obama Junior as the 44th President of the United States of America on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 in Accra.  

The programme, which is being hosted in conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture, will commence at 2 pm at the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre, located at Second Circular Road, behind the U.S. Embassy.  

President-elect Obama is the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was the junior United States senator from Illinois in 2004 and served until his resignation on November 16, 2008, following the historic election.  

A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney in Chicago before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.  

He was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.

The US President-elect is married to Michelle, the incoming First Lady, and is father to Malia Ann and Natasha (aka “Sasha”).  

Alison Bethel, member of AAAG, disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that the January 20th event would mark the US 56th Presidential Inauguration, which will take place in Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.), the capital of United States of America.  

“For us as African-Americans, the election of Barack Obama represents the culmination of the struggles of those who came before us who overcame the horrors of slavery and all its lingering after effects," said Errick V. Jones, president of AAAG.

From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi

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