Stand-Ins to Participate in Inauguration Rehearsals - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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As with any momentous event, such as a wedding, graduation, or play, diligent preparation is key. And as anticipation mounts for the historic inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, the importance of a walk-through is paramount. Each step in the day’s celebrations and ceremonies must be planned to the letter, ensuring a celebration that is memorable and includes as few kinks, if any, as possible.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) will hold a dress rehearsal for the 2009 inaugural ceremonies on Jan. 11. The rehearsal will include run-throughs of the swearing-in ceremony on the west front of the Capitol, the presidential review of troops on the east front, the departure ceremony, and the inaugural parade along Pennsylvania Avenue.

The president-elect, the vice president-elect, and their wives will be represented by stand-ins, and there will be more than 3,000 marching in the inaugural parade rehearsal. The participants will mostly consist of military personnel.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.


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