New York Watches with Anticipation as Obama Becomes President - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

In contrast to the elementary excitement at New York’s Democracy College Prep School–where everyone is excited just to be excited–the audience at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem awaits the arrival of Barack and Michelle Obama with sophisticated intellectualism mixed with the fervor of a heated football playoff game.

As the inaugural ceremonies begin, the audience boos Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas and greets Colin Powell with cool indifference, but erupts with applause upon the entrance of former president’s Jimmy Carter and William Clinton. And President George W. Bush’s entrance elicits a profane response.

“What I see here today and what I want to see here today is for something different to happen. This is what we’ve been longing for for so long. It is a chance for us to push for some very aggressive policies. It is a chance to put pressure on a president that wants to hear from us,” says Cheryll Greene, a fellow at Columbia University.

This morning, Greene said a radio guest on New York’s WBAI radio show Democracy Now spoke about the enslaved individuals who built the Capitol and other buildings surrounding the inaugural proceedings. “The place where the Supreme Court stands was once where slave auctions took place,” Greene says. “It brings it together in a way that is extraordinary. Even if he doesn’t mention the history of the buildings in his speech. I think he expects us to mention it.”

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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.