Inauguration Memories from Harlem - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue


People from every race descended on Harlem’s Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Plaza to witness the swearing in of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.

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“Tee” Mumford, host and producer of Fashion Up!, a New York cable show that examines fashion and entertainment, said she came to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to witness “firsthand the spirit of our people.”  She says the best thing about President Obama is his finesse. “He is so cool, calm and collected,” she says.

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Also at the Schomburg, Rhonda Smith and Marsha McCormick Burke of the Bronx celebrated at exactly 12:00 p.m. when Obama officially became president of the United States of America.


Lt. Desmond Edmond, 25, with Sgt. Sheila Rosario, 16, and Prt. Marilyn Rodriguez are a part of the Harlem Youth Marine Corp Color Guard, an after-school program that helps teens learn discipline. The group was responsible for carrying the American flag at the Democracy Prep Charter School Inauguration celebration in Harlem.

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Time Warner Cable sponsored a screening of the inaugural events at the Apollo Theater.

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Aboubacar Toure decided to stick around and check the scene in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Mall on 125th Street after everyone left.

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At the Schomburg Center, people from all walks of life gathered to see history in the making.

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Earl Harley, also called “Harley the Buckle Man,” advertised his wares on 125th Street amidst residents who gathered to watch Obama give his inaugural address.


The Harry S. Truman Marching Band practiced for the Inaugural celebration at the Democracy Prep Charter School.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.