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|Trip of a lifetime -- Jackson in DC for inaugural events|
Bertha Matthews-Jackson, 66, of Ferriday is still excited.
Two weeks after the fact, Jackson is back at home in Ferriday after witnessing the inauguration of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
Jackson and her daughter, Sonja Jackson Bailey, a teacher from Arlington, TX, and her children — Sh'Breaun Bailey, Shamariah Bailey, A'Arionna Jackson embarked on a road trip departing the Saturday before inaugural festivities in the nation's capital.
"We planned the trip together right after the election," she said.
They were able to secure the hard-sought tickets through U. S. Rep. Joe Barton, 6th District Congressman of Texas.
They stayed near the Pentagon and taxied into the festivities.
They spent Monday of that week touring the sights and attending a reception at the Rayburn Building, guests of Rep. Barton.
"It was a beautiful day — there were no mishaps and everybody was so nice," she said.
"We had tickets right up front for the inauguration but I was so tired I watched from the hotel room," said Jackson. "But the kids were right there."
"I was just excited to be so close to it all," she said.
"And yes I was teary eyed for myself, for my late husband, the late Howard Jackson, a Veteran of the Vietnam War, and my ancestors."
Jackson said the trip was full circle for her. She and her siblings are fourth generation descendents of the Luckett family — slaves who became landowners in the Monterey area.
"I saw it through my eyes and that of my ancestors, too," she said.
Jackson said the culmination of the whole trip was the National Prayer Service held Wednesday, January 21st, at the National Cathedral, the sixth largest cathedral in the world.
It was attended by the President, Vice President Joe Biden, the First Lady and former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and invited guests.
The sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church.
"She delivered the most beautiful sermon and she did an outstanding job," she said. "That was really special being there with the president so close during that special service."
Other notables she and her family were able to meet were President Obama's step-grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, and other family members from Kenya, Jan Crouch of TBN, Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, and Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, who delivered one of the prayers for the President.
"I was in the right place at the right time," said Jackson. "God does favor those who believe in Him and I am happy to have been part of it."
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