And so it is done…

Barack Hussein Obama is now the 44th president of the United States.

Today’s inauguration of America’s first black president on the Washington D.C. Mall came nearly 50 years after another galvanic event on the same spot.

The echoes of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, a stirring cry for equality among people of all races, were not lost on the millions who attended Obama’s inauguration today.

So it was fitting that the Obama inauguration’s final invocation was given by The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and one of the last of a dwindling pool of ministers and civil rights leaders who marched with the great Dr. King.

Lowery, a legendary figure himself, closed with the words he has used in many speeches over the years:

“Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen. Say Amen.”



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