Birmingham planning inaugural party

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The city of Birmingham is planning a
$50,000 party to celebrate the inauguration of the nation's first
black president.

City Council members agreed Monday with Mayor Larry Langford to sponsor an event to coincide with Barack Obama's inauguration as president on Jan. 20.

The event will be held at Boutwell Auditorium and will include a simulcast of the swearing-in from Washington.

Council members discussed holding an event in a downtown park
where civil rights marchers were confronted by police and
firefighters during marches in 1963.

They decided to hold it inside because of the unpredictable
weather.


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