A Cold Morning in a New America - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

It’s a great day in America. And God, it’s too cold.

Joining the crowd in Greenbelt, Md., to ride the Metro to Capitol Hill to witness the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama brings new meaning to the phrase “huddled masses yearning to be free,” if not warm. The saving grace of the cattle-creep to the Metro gates at 6:30 a.m., is that the body heat generated by the crush of people does somewhat blunt the sub-20 degree temperatures. Still, by the time we finally reach the train platform 40 minutes later, I can barely feel my toes.

Note to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty: When millions of people descend on your city to attend an historic event, don’t force them to pay to ride the Metro. Take a cue from the New York metro area on New Year’s Eve, and let people ride for free. Public safety is more important than making sure no one slips through without using their fare card. Don’t act like you didn’t know we were coming.

Right now, I’m thinking that all those people who planned to be here and changed their minds: good move. Watching the inauguration on television from the comfort of home, surrounded by family and friends (instead of just, well, surrounded), sounds really good right now.

By tomorrow, however, I know that those of us who braved the cold, the crowds, the army of vendors of boot-legged Obama paraphernalia, will be glad that we saw Barack Hussein Obama Jr. take the oath of office to become the 44th president with our own eyes.

It’s the dawning of a new day in America. It’s too cold, I’m telling you. Thank God, we’re finally here.

Alfred Edmond Jr. Is the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the magazine, television shows, web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He also hosts The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks.


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