HUNTINGTON -- Betty Cleckley
is going to Denver in 53 days, and it's sure to be a historic occasion.Cleckley, who spent 18 years as the vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall University, will head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver as the sole pledged delegate for Sen.
Barrack Obama, D-Illinois, from West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District.
"I met (Obama) in 2006 at a reception for him and Senator Robert Byrd," Cleckley
said."I've been a fan of his
charming and absolutely brilliant, and I like his
did volunteer work for Obama's primary campaign in South Carolina and Ohio, and will now be on hand as the African-American
senator accepts what will be a historic nomination as the Democratic candidate for president.
"I've never undertaken anything like this before," Cleckley
In fact, Cleckley
was unsure whether she
would ever witness such a moment.
A Huntington native and a graduate of the all-black former Douglass High School
left the state to pursue her
college education because many West Virginia colleges didn't allow African-American students at the time.
"I grew up in the era of segregation, so, no, I never thought I would see something like this in my lifetime," she
It might be her
only chance to take part in such a historic event, she
"I'm a senior citizen," she
said with a laugh."This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."Cleckley said she believes Obama will be the next president of the United States.
"I'm very excited," she
...Occupation: Retired from Marshall University, where she was the school's first director of multicultural affairs.She
served in that position from 1989 until her
retirement in October 2007.Cleckley
has been involved in education administration for more than 30 years.In politics: Since retiring, Cleckley has served as a volunteer for Sen.
Barrack Obama's campaign for the presidency.Obama
secured the Democratic nomination last month.Cleckley is the only pledged delegate for Obama in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, and will be attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August, where Obama will accept the nomination.