BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The excitement and anticipation was palpable in Linn park Tuesday as crowds gathered to see Birmingham's new mayor take the oath of office. Randall Woodfin became the city's 30th mayor, and at 36, he is one of the youngest the city has ever seen.
That youth, inspired many mothers to bring their children to the inauguration, to watch history first hand, and know they too can make a difference. Sprinkled among the businessmen and women in suits were strollers and little toddlers dancing to the music booming from the stage.
Latresha Johnson brought her two year old, and two month old. "We are coming out to celebrate Mayor Woodfin, and bringing my kids since they are so young so they can experience it. It's my first inauguration here in Birmingham," said Johnson. She says she is inspired by the mayor's youth and vision.
"He's a great candidate to move Birmingham forward. He's a young guy and he will be able to hear the people's voices and do something about it." Said Johnson.
Her mother, Dorothy Willis, feels the same. "I think it's a definitely a good thing especially with the new generation we have now to actually see someone of a younger generation that's doing something positive and I am just believing that he is going to move this city forward." said Willis.
Teachers from Calvary Resurrection Christian Academy were also inspired to bring their students. The 3rd and 4th graders were some of the first people in the park this morning. Shakaia Caddell was one of them and excitedly exclaimed that Mayor Woodfin "is very good and he should be mayor."
Elizabeth Limbaugh brought her three children, who range in age 10 to a teenager. It was important to her that they see where the city is going, and remember how far we have come.
"It's a historic event. We homeschool so we have the ability to do anything. I am really interested in Birmingham and its history and I think it's important to learn about everything that has happened here." Said Limbaugh. "I think they don't appreciate it right now, but they will."