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From Inauguration Road...

People around the country are heading to Washington, D.C., for the historic presidential inauguration. WFAE's Marshall Terry left Charlotte at 6 a.m. Monday aboard at chartered bus with about 60 people. WFAE All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey spoke to Marshall later in the day when the bus was in the Richmond, Va., area. Here's a transcript: Mark Rumsey: Marshall, hi there. Marshall Terry: Hi, how are you Mark? Mark Rumsey: Great. Describe this group of people that you're traveling with. Who are they? Marshall Terry: Well, most of them are from Charlotte. I've talked to somebody that is 10 years old, I think he is the youngest. I've talked to somebody who's 65 years old. There's a pretty good age range on this trip, and most of them are African-American. In fact, just about all of them are. Mark Rumsey: Have you had a chance to talk yet with any of these travelers about their reasons for making this trip? Marshall Terry: Indeed yes, I have. I've talked to a number of people one said that she just had to be there. She said this is a historic moment in her life, that TV just was not good enough. That seems to be the common theme that I'm finding - TV. I also spoke with Ahmad Daniels, He is a very big long-time civil rights activist in the Charlotte community. I asked him why he is going. Why didn't he just want to sit home and watch it on TV? He told about the time in 1995 when he went to the Million-Man March and he said for event like this in his life you really need to see the smiles, the tears of the people around you for it to have full impact. He said you actually have to be there. He said you have to feel the air around you at a moment like this. Mark Rumsey: Well Marshall, thanks and we'll be checking in with you soon. Marshall Terry: Mark, always a pleasure.