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In The Crowd: Emotions Run Deep For African Americans

Complete Inaugural Coverage

Produced in partnership with American University.

It's been called America's inauguration, but for many African Americans, Barack Obama's ascendancy to the country's top post has special meaning. From a woman whose great grandparents were slaves to a military mom proud to serve the new president, many were filled with joy, hope and a sense of new found responsibility for the future.

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Reported by Annie Aho, Manuel Bewarder, and Caroline Stetler, all graduate journalism students at American University. You can see more work by some of these students at the American Observer.

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