Saturday, January 2, 2010

Kasim Reed to be sworn in on Jan. 4 ... here are ceremony details

Posted By on Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 12:23 AM


Were you lucky enough to receive one of these nifty blue invitations to Atlanta Mayor-elect Kasim Reed's inauguration in your mailbox? What's that you say? Your mailbox was also bashed last night by prepubescent hooligans, causing its contents to be tossed about your yard and neighborhood? What a world.

Fortunately, the Internet has decided to send announcements about the ceremony to everyone. Thanks, Internet. You did a great job last decade.

All events are free and open to the public. Festivities kick off on Saturday with some good ole-fashioned community service. Reed, councilmembers and municipal court judges will be sworn in on Monday at noon. New and familiar faces will gather at City Hall for a reception later that evening.  After the jump, we've listed times, details and locations about the events.

The festivities begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. for an Inaugural Day of Community Service at Renaissance Park in Midtown. Here's how a press release describes the event:

Volunteers will gather at Renaissance Park in the heart of midtown Atlanta to clean-up and beautify one of the city’s urban green spaces. Joining in the effort are Park Pride and the Atlanta Police Department's Operation HOPE team. The HOPE team will assist those challenged by homelessness who often congregate in the area to obtain medical or psychological care, if needed. Mayor-elect Reed will join the team of volunteers around noon. Volunteers can register at inauguraldayofservice(at)gmail(dot)com.

On Monday, an inaugural prayer service open to all faiths will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Southwest Atlanta. Faith leaders who will participate in the ceremony include: Plemon El-Amin of Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam; Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple; Olu Brown of Impact Church; Bishop William P. Deveaux of African Methodist Episcopal Church; The Rev. Jim Ellison of First United Methodist Church; Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta; The Rev. Joseph Williams of Salem Bible Church; and Pastor Richard Don Winn, Sr., of Ben Hill United Methodist Church

At noon, elected officials including mayor, Atlanta City Councilmembers, City Council president and municipal court judges will be sworn in by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Carol Hunstein during a two-hour ceremony at the Atlanta Civic Center.

At 5:30 p.m., a Citizens Reception will be held at City Hall. Reed and newly elected councilmembers will be in attendance, along with other dignitaries and familiar faces, we're sure.

Now, we're more interested in the afterparty. We're thinking hoping Magic City. If any birds whisper those details in your ear, let us know.

To add your name to the growing list of attendees on the festivity's Facebook page, go here. Here's the official schedule over at Reed's campaign Web site.

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