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East Tennessee Democrats savor Obama's victory

Staff Report • Jan 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Bristol Herald-Courier is reporting that Walter Buford will never forget the simple set of instructions he and other black men were given before they marched down the streets of Charlotte, N.C., at the cusp of the civil rights movement.“Just look forward and march,” he said. Ignore the people in Ku Klux Klan uniforms who lined both sides of the street, the march’s organizers told him. Don’t worry about the fact they outnumbered the police on the street 10-to-1.When President-elect Barack Obama takes his oath of office about noon Tuesday, he will officially become the first black president of the United States.Six hours later, Buford and about 600 other people will gather at the Russo’s Orleans restaurant in Johnson City to celebrate the event in style at the Northeast Tennessee Democratic Resource Center’s “Celebration of Hope and Change.”

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