Rapides Parish students celebrate Barack Obama at special program held at St. Matthew Baptist Church

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In what is anticipated as a day long event, students in Rapides Parish at the request of Dr. Joe S. Green were excused from their school classrooms to attend an educational program at St. Matthew Baptist Church.

More than 200 students, along with parents and others wanting to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama, came to hear the history of blacks in America and their achievements in the United States and the world.

Sibal Suarez Holt, owner of S. Holt Construction and a longtime civil rights worker, was the keynote speaker. She emphasized to students the need to know their history lest they are prone to repeat the negatives.

The students watched the swearing in Barack Obama and jumped with enthusiasm every time they heard his name or saw his face.

More photos of this event and others to come.

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