Monday, January 21 marks the 57th Presidential Inauguration in this great nation. On that day, Barack Obama will be inaugurated for his second term as the 44th President of the United States of America. While many patriotic Americans would love to be there in person – standing among the throngs in the National Mall or front row and center on the steps of the U.S. Capitol – there are a number of other unique ways to experience the inauguration right here in Atlanta. Through the following suggestions, CBS Atlanta helps bring a little bit of Washington D.C. to the deep South for this historic event that only takes place every four years.
The King Center
449 Auburn Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
During his first term as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama delivered a speech at the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. In it, he paid homage to the renowned civil rights activist, calling him a “a black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams and our most lasting ideals, a man who stirred our conscience and thereby helped make our union more perfect.” Because this year’s inauguration coincides with Martin Luther King Day, what better way to celebrate the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and the second swearing in of our first African-American president than with a visit to The King Center? Following the annual MLK Commemorative Service down the street from the Center at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the presidential inauguration will be shown on the church’s jumbotron video screen.
The “Lincoln” Movie
Select movies theaters in Atlanta
The 16th President of the United States has long served as inspiration to the political life of Barack Obama. In his 2012 Democratic National Convention speech, President Obama quoted Abraham Lincoln, saying “I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.” On the day of the second inauguration of President Obama, perhaps the best place for you to go may be a theater that is still showing the critically acclaimed film “Lincoln.” Steven Spielberg’s stellar interpretation of Abraham Lincoln, brilliantly played by Daniel Day-Lewis, illustrates the trials and tribulations the highest office in the nation must sometimes endure.
441 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
The Jimmy Carter Library & Museum is a national treasure right here in our midst. Established to honor James Earl Carter Jr. and his role in history as the 39th President of the United States, the library and museum play host to regular events such as traveling exhibitions, book readings/signings, field trips and daily tours. On January 21, the museum’s theater will be open to the public for a viewing of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. There is no charge to enter the theater for this event, but those who wish to tour the museum prior to or after the ceremony will need to pay the price of admission. The library will be closed for the federal holiday.
Amsterdam Bar & Café
502-A Amsterdam Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
This popular video bar, dance bar and sports bar all rolled into one may seem an unlikely place to host a Presidential Inauguration event. However, this midtown hot spot has played host to well-attended inauguration-, debate- and election results-watching parties for years. When President Obama takes his oath of office on January 21, 2013, it will be played live on every flat screen and projection screen throughout the house.
Comfort of One’s Own Home
Given the fact that the Presidential Inauguration coincides with a national holiday, Martin Luther King Day – many school children will be home for the day. This might be an excellent opportunity for parents to take the day off and watch a piece of history with their own children. Those who choose to follow this last piece of advice should be sure to tune in to CBS Atlanta on January 21, 2013.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.