Obama supporters relish the chance to watch history

By Brad Kessie - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - While President-elect Obama works with Congress to come up with a stimulus package that jump starts the economy, his supporters are counting down the days until his inauguration.

A group of lawyers posed for a picture in front of a mural depicting Barack Obama and Martin Luther King, Junior. It was a picture for posterity, in front of a portrait of history. Reilly Morse took the picture.

"I'm 50 years old," the Obama supporter admitted.

He called next week's inauguration for the country's first African American president "a profound moment in my life."

Joshua Crawford painted the mural. He used back and white colors to airbrush the artwork. However, he pictures inauguration day as a colorful moment in American history.

"It's a break from the normal," he conceded.

Crawford was asked by the North Gulfport Community Land Trust to dress up a grocery store wall. His mural of the president-elect and Mr. King epitomized the strength, and the resiliency of African Americans everywhere. When people see the wall decoration, Crawford wants them to capture "a sense of hope. I mean this is America, this is the land of opportunity."

The opportunity for Bill Stallworth to be in Washington for Mr. Obama's inauguration was something he wouldn't pass up. The Biloxi councilman, and Harrison County Democratic Party chair leaves on Thursday to witness history.

"We've been working toward equality for so long in this country," Stallworth said. "And now to see it actually come, become reality, I've just gotta be there to see it."

Crawford will watch the event from home, because he understands its significance.

"I mean this is the only place on earth where you can grow up without the silver spoon in your mouth, and end up becoming somebody, if you work hard," he said.

Barack Obama's work to paint a new picture for America begins on January 20th.