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President's sister speaks about race relations

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By Diane Ako bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - How far have race relations come in America? That's what the President's sister talked about Sunday night, at an event where she was accepting an award for her work towards civil rights.

Fresh off a plane from Washington, D.C. where she saw her brother, Barack Obama, sworn in as president, Doctor Maya Soetoro-Ng told reporters she cried during inauguration. "Not just that he would be president, but that he would be an important one."

Soetoro-Ng was one of four people accepting an award from the Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights. "Our work has not been for naught. Which is not to say there isn't a lot more work to do."

A large crowd of people gathered here to meet the President's sister. She marveled at how far race relations have come. "This has been an extraordinary century and a half. It was only 1865 that slaves were freed. We're all struck by the magnitude of that. It was MLK Day and then my brother as president- it speaks wonderfully about how far we've traveled."

And she addressed rumors of her moving to D.C. " We're not leaving," she stated.

The other honorees were UH basketball coach Bob Nash, Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women's Kat Brady, and the African American Lawyers Association.

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