We mentioned Lilly Ledbetter, the Alabama woman who is the namesake of federal legislation regarding employment rights, in another section of this issue. It’s most significant that she was a special guest on the train carrying Barack Obama to his inauguration. She spoke at the Democratic National Convention last year. On their way to our Nation’s Capital, Obama and Joe Biden took a whistle stop tour along the east coast before arriving for the inauguration. Ms. Ledbetter was one of about 40 invited guests on the train. Each one of these families has their own remarkable tale to add to our American story. The guests on the trip were from 16 families in 15 states and have contributed to society in some way. One was a soldier who now advocates for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. As for her involvement, Ms. Ledbetter had this to say:
I am so excited because this new President is not going to forget what it’s like to work your way up and he’s keeping people from all walks of life involved.
Lilly Ledbetter is a true American hero. Without question, she certainly deserved to be recognized by President Obama and Vice-President Biden. This woman is a classic example of what ordinary folks can do to make things better for others. We at Beasley Allen are very proud of her. She is a real inspiration to all of us who are dedicated to helping others who need help.
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