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Grandson of Slaves Wins Experience of a Lifetime, Heads to Washington, D.C. to Attend Presidential Inauguration Events
Date:1/16/2009

d submit their wishes as part of a program called Experiences of a Lifetime. They filled out a survey form explaining an experience they would like to have fulfilled, and how that related to one or more dimensions of the company's Optimum Life(R) concept. Bouey's mother worked hard, and Bouey was able to attend school. After graduating from high school, he attended Arkansas A&M for Negroes only. He was drafted into the Segregated Army, and served his country with a group of African-American men. Being one of the only college-educated men there, he quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant. Returning to the South after serving duty, Bouey found that nothing had changed. There were no jobs for him, and segregation was still a major fact of life. In June of 1946, Bouey couldn't take it any longer, and moved to Chicago with $10 in his pocket and no place to go. When President Truman opened the opportunity for African-Americans to work in the government, Bouey took an administrative job with the Army Procurement Division. In 1954, Bouey was part of the first group of African-American men to become police officers for the Chicago Police Department. For Bouey, President-Elect Obama represents "hope." "When Obama was elected, it was not a dream come true because I never dreamt it would happen," said Bouey. "But I sure 'hoped' it would." "To see the inauguration of President Elect Obama will be the greatest moment of my life," said Bouey. "Not many people can
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