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The Best Way To Prepare For Inauguration Day
The inauguration ceremony is taking place amidst extraordinary circumstances this year. What with the ongoing pandemic and security concerns in the US, it looks like the usual parade, the marching band, and the thronging tourists will have to take a back seat for this one. And you don’t have to be an American to be interested in the start of this new era; millions around the world have been following the US Presidential Race since at least last year.
Of course, this long-distance viewership means the audience is truly global this year. With viewers of this year’s inauguration watching remotely and taking part from afar, there are so many ways you can keep up with US politics from the comfort of your home.
THE SEARCH FOR MERCH
Stores in Washington DC are trying to keep the normal state of affairs, but the state of affairs seems to be a mixed bag. Some stores in Downtown DC are closing earlier than usual, and some have already announced they’ll be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Naturally, the next best alternative is online shopping. While you’ll find inauguration-related goods and merchandise from several online stores, we’ve highlighted two that you should definitely check out.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee Store is the official merchandise store for the inauguration. They have a nice collection of themed items, and you’ll find t-shirts, sweatshirts, bracelets, and scarves.
Shop Made In DC now has a page dedicated to inauguration goods. They have quite some variety. There’s the standard set of affairs - t-shirts, mugs, and prints - but they also have face masks, a special Biden/Harris tea blend by Pearl Fine Tea, and some very cute crochet dolls of Biden, Harris, and Fauci by Hooked & Loopy.
THE ‘WEAR YOUR PEARLS’ MOVEMENT
Since Kamala Harris is becoming not just the first female Vice President, but the first African American and Asian American Vice President of the USA, many women are celebrating the historic event as a major milestone in the path towards gender equality. And some women are doing so in a creative and symbolic way.
Kamala Harris is known to wear pearls. It’s a symbolic tradition amongst the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the intercollegiate sorority that Harris is a part of. The pearls represent the 20 founding members of the sorority. So Hope Aloaye, a resident of Fort Wayne, created a group on Facebook encouraging women to wear pearls on inauguration day in solidarity with Harris. The group now has more than 420,000 members.
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While you’re in the inauguration mood, we’ve handpicked a couple of books to check out for those who want to know more.
Kamala’s Way: An American Life is a thoroughly in-depth biography of the first female Vice President by Dan Morain, chronicling the story behind the girl who grew up to become one of the most powerful people in the US.
The President’s Kitchen Cabinet is an award-winning book by Adrian E. Miller, telling the fascinating stories of African American people serving as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, and stewards in the Whitehouse. Miller tells in amazing detail the role that African Americans played in food-related work in the Whitehouse.
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We hope you stay safe, and celebrate Inauguration Day in the best possible way, whether you’re in the US or across the globe.