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Inauguration Day!

January 20, 2009

Are we excited or what! What a day, filled with hope and positive energy for a new beginning. Helping to usher it in here are Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen and more.

Elizabeth Alexander who is the inaugural poet had this to say as she prepared for her part in the 56th Presidential Inaugural:

I hope that on that day, people can experience fully the profound weight of the joy that so many people have struggled and fought for and died for to bring us to the day where we might see an African American elected President. So that is a tremendously, tremendously powerful thing for our nation, and not just for black people, for everyone who has said we can do something different than we have done before. … 

I hope that we can experience that profound joy in an almost cathartic way at the same time that we are able to soberly and purposefully look forward to the tremendous, tremendous work that’s ahead for the whole country, and that then-President Obama will be leading us through because, as we all know, these are very serious times. … I hope that at the end of Inauguration Day, we have a sense of that “us” as a purposeful us.

In other words that at the end of the day, we feel like we’ve had a joyful experience but that we also know what our work is.

See  Ms. Alexander’s work at:


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