Jan. 20, 2009, will go down in history as the day the United States had its first African-American president. The inauguration fell ironically the day after we remembered and celebrated the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students in Mr. Covert's economics class at Meridian High School were glued to the television as they watched Obama take the oath into office.
"I just never thought there was going to be an African-American president. I'm so excited about it," said Jerica Blakney.
"I'm happy because I was looking forward to seeing it," said Stacie Haynes. "I was mad because I couldn't stay at home, but since they gave us the chance to look at it, I'm happy."
"I'm just glad to be a part of history, having our first black president," said Akeem Mercer. "It was a long time coming."
At Southeast Lauderdale High School, students packed the library to watch the inauguration.
"I think Barack did a wonderful job. I also think that it was just awesome to just see it, to witness part of history, even though we are here at Southeast in the library," said Lacey Knos.
"This is a life changing moment," said Jessica Roberts. "This is history, and I'm proud to be able to watch it. It's life changing to see an African-American take office, and to do it the day after Martin Luther King Day. I'll bet he's in heaven right now screaming."
"This is a wonderful event. Yesterday, we celebrated the life of a man who fought and struggled his whole life to achieve racial equality.," said Ladarius Malone. "Today, we see our first African-American president get inaugurated. I think he was trying to motivate all of us to get out and volunteer and get active in the community."
Many students were even left thinking of things they could do to volunteer in response to President Barack Obama's call.
"This is something that's never been achieved in America before," said David Covert. "And I think it will give a lot of people a lot of hope and confidence for the future that they too can achieve something."