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Some say Dr. King paved the way for tomorrow's historic event when Barack Obama becomes the nation's first black president. In attendance, two mayors from our area, who want to see it all unfold. As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take his oath of office, others are glued to the tube, watching every bit of news coverage. James Knox and Frank Wilson will soon descend on the nation's capital to witness the inauguration first hand. "To be apart of this historic event it's just a great opportunity that I just couldn't pass up," said Bolden Mayor, Frank Wilson. Northwest Mayor, James Knox said, "I want to be apart of that and I want to represent my town in this historical event. Someday, later on, maybe my great grandchildren will see that I was part of that." Both men are packed and ready to tackle the six-hour drive to Washington DC. Once they get there, they'll have to make sure to pick up their coveted tickets from Congressman Mike McIntyre's office. The tickets will grant them two bleacher seats close to the action. For both men, Tuesday's inauguration weighs heavy. "For me personally, my father did the march on Washington, so to go from that with Martin Luther King to now Barack Obama and to be a witness to both," said Wilson. As Barack Obama takes on his new leadership role, both men work to maintain theirs on a much smaller scale. They have both served as mayor of their towns for the past 14 years; Mayor Knox of Northwest and Mayor Wilson of Bolton. They both agree Obama symbolizes hope; the next step will be change. "It will take place. It may not take place in the first year, probably not the first two or three years but I think it will be well on the way. I think it will be a whole lot better than the last eight years as far as this economy seeing how it's suffered," Knox said. "I see Barack Obama being a great leader, it's already been evident. People are already making him a great man, but we as Americans we got to help make him great," added Wilson. Both mayors started the drive to DC a little after noon Sunday. Their trip will also serve as a learning experience for many here. Mayor Knox works as a tutor and substitute teacher at Lincoln Elementary School. He is documenting his trip to present to students.

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