Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Obama speech arouses memories of Kings

Inquirer staff writer Jonathan Tamari reports: Edith Savage-Jennings, an old friend of Coretta Scott King’s, said she was overcome with emotion and cried as President Obama took the oath of office and delivered his speech. “All I could think of was Martin, Coretta,” she said. “It’s hard to say how you feel. I’m just excited and I’m just so joyful.” Jennings’ Coretta Scott King Humanitarian Group hosted a viewing party in Trenton. “He left me here for this day,” said Jennings, 84. “As years go on, I may not be here much longer, but that’s alright.” Ophelia Hughley, who started her school days in segregated classes in South Carolina, said after the swearing in: “That’s my president,” before adding, “that is our president.” Click here for Philly.com's politics page.

Obama speech arouses memories of Kings

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Inquirer staff writer Jonathan Tamari reports:


Edith Savage-Jennings, an old friend of Coretta Scott King’s, said she was overcome with emotion and cried as President Obama took the oath of office and delivered his speech.

“All I could think of was Martin, Coretta,” she said. “It’s hard to say how you feel. I’m just excited and I’m just so joyful.”

Jennings’ Coretta Scott King Humanitarian Group hosted a viewing party in Trenton.

“He left me here for this day,” said Jennings, 84. “As years go on, I may not be here much longer, but that’s alright.”

Ophelia Hughley, who started her school days in segregated classes in South Carolina, said after the swearing in:

“That’s my president,” before adding, “that is our president.”


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