To celebrate the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Sinclair Community College’s Student Leadership Development is sponsoring a Presidential Inauguration party being held on Jan. 20 at 10:45 in Bldg. 8.
The event was planned by Sinclair student Jasmine Robinson with the help of Karen Williams, an advisor for Student Leader Association.
Robinson, who is a Marketing and Interior Design major, wanted to attend the inauguration being held in Washington, D.C. but was unable to, so she did the next best thing.
“I wanted to go to the inauguration but I couldn’t, so [I thought] why not throw [a party] here,” said Robinson.
Robinson said that planning the party has “been stressful” and but it has been fulfilling.
“It meant something to me, so I wanted to make sure it happened,” said Robinson.
Robinson said she’s been a big supporter of President-elect Barack Obama and got a chance to meet and “say a little blurb to him” when he came to Dayton’s Fifth/Third Field Oct. 9.
Sen. Tom Roberts will give the opening remarks at the event.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our students to see democracy in action,” said Roberts. “Really it’s an opportunity for this college and this community to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th president.”
Roberts emphasized the importance of the democratic process.
“Look at some foreign countries. It takes some sore of revolution to take over the government,” said Roberts. “In our country, the voters vote; their voice speaks.”
Robinson said she expects the party will have a nice turnout. According to Robinson her mother and sister, who are both teachers at Arise Academy and Patterson Kennedy, respectively, plan on bringing their classes to the event and some of her professors also plan to bring classes to the party, as well.
Overall, she feels that the inauguration of the first African-American president is “just empowering.”
“It’s making me see that anything can happen.