By PHILLIP RAWLS
Associated Press Writer
"I believe we do have the courage to squarely confront any
challenge, put aside politics and do what's right. I believe we
have the determination to provide educational excellence at every
level so our children can compete and win the jobs of the future,"
Riley told several thousand people attending his inauguration.
Riley's swearing-in ceremony occurred on the Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday, and it took place a few feet from where King ended the
Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march in 1965. Riley also stood a
few feet from where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of
the Confederacy in 1861.
With the inaugural theme "Believe in Alabama," Riley said
Alabamians should be mindful of the state's history, but shouldn't
be limited by it.
"It is our foundation, not our ceiling," he said.
Several other state officials took their oaths of office during
the ceremony in front of the Capitol, including Democratic Lt. Gov.