Residents to Watch Obama Take Oath

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Visitors have been filing through the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka as the nation marked the start of President Barack Obama’s new term and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Many of those who came to the site on Monday said they believe the Democratic president can be successful if he remembers his faith and stands up to Republicans in Congress.

The historic site is housed in the old Monroe Elementary School, which at one time educated only black children. Monroe was at the center of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision declaring segregated schools unconstitutional.

In 2009, several hundred people gathered at the site to watch a live broadcast of Obama’s first inauguration. This year’s crowds were smaller, but steady.