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I remember the impact President Barack Obama had on the world (specifically people of color) the day he was sworn in, in 2009 on that cold January day. As I watched from my warm Harlem apartment, tears rushed to my eyes’ surface and the pools lingered, as if they were afraid to leap over the cliff of my lids. I was proud of us. I was proud of him. And that pride sat on my heart, nagging me to be more of a part of this Obama movement than a simple vote placed on a ballot.

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I promised myself that if I was given another chance, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. And I was given that chance and I didn’t miss it. I had no idea my presence at the Inauguration would end up teaching me a lesson I didn’t even set out to learn.

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