|Valerae Washington, Texas High School Geometry Teacher at the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Videographer Len Davis was in DC for YES! Magazine, capturing voices of hope and courage for these new times.
This historical moment means very much to Val and her students. She feels she can now give her students a different perspective of what life is and what an individual can do in a world that is so big. Because "now you can actually believe and see that you can do anything you set out to do."
This video is part of a series of stories from the Obama Inauguration 2009. See more videos here.
:: A PURPLE AGENDA
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President Barack Obama faces huge challenges as he takes office. But he's got one asset that is rarely mentioned. Large majorities of Americans agree on some of the most important issues of the day, from health care to foreign policy. "Ten Policies for a Better America" shows an agenda a majority supports—whether we vote red, blue, or some other political color.
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In this special excerpt, Korten summarizes his version of the economic address to the nation he wishes Barack Obama were able to deliver.