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“Shared Hope” in WV for Inauguration

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009   

Charleston, WV – West Virginians are invited to view the inauguration of the first African-American president on TVs and the big screen at the Cultural Center in the Capitol Complex today.

West Virginia AFL-CIO Secretary-treasurer Larry Matheny will be there. He says the theme is a "shared purpose of hope," with the goal of bringing people together to meet the common challenges that everyone is facing.

"It's a vision of a shared prosperity for all Americans, regardless of race, creed, color, religion or party affiliation."

President-elect Barack Obama is likely to ask Americans to do more than offer just a single day of service to their cities, towns and neighborhoods, as many did for the National Day of Service. Matheny says every citizen will be asked to make an ongoing commitment to his or her community.

"There, indeed, is a new shared purpose of hope. We're wanting folks to feel the energy, and roll up their sleeves, and get ready to join in to turn America around."

There is no admission charge, but Matheny is asking everyone to bring a non-perishable food donation for United Food Operation (UFO), a nonprofit organization that provided assistance to 32,000 West Virginians last year.

The Cultural Complex is open to the public courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Library Commission.



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