Mood of celebration at Ala. civil rights sites

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A celebration swept across landmark sites of the civil rights movement in Alabama Tuesday as Barack Obama became America's first black president.

In Birmingham, thousands gathered in historic Boutwell Auditorium to view the inauguration on a huge video screen and give the hall the feel of a church revival.

In Montgomery about 3,000 people packed the basketball arena at Alabama State University. A huge cheer went up when Obama was sworn in.

Inauguration events also were being held in Selma and along the route taken by voting rights marchers in 1965.


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