7th grader on inauguration program visits ABC7

May 15, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Emanuel will be sworn in Monday, and children will be part of that ceremony. A fourth-grader will play the violin, Lane Tech High School's ROTC unit will serve as the Color Guard, and a 7th-grade student will say the Pledge of Allegiance.

That student, DeJuan Brown of Longwood Charter School, visited ABC7 Chicago Sunday to talk about the upcoming event, along with Desiree Rogers, who is on the inauguration committee.

Ahead of Monday's ceremony, however, the mayor-elect was scheduled to gather privately with hundreds of religious leaders at a Sunday afternoon luncheon. Emanuel has said wants the leaders to be unified force to improve Chicago.

"I need the religious community -- not me just as mayor, but the city needs it -- to be in sync with what we're trying to do. I'm not asking them to do government work, but I'm asking them to be part of our healing," Emanuel said.

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