As it was a day of reflection and honor of our past struggles as African-Americans, it was also the day that the country witnessed Barack Obama being sworn into the highest office in our nation, the President of the United States.
On the day of remembrance for the great Civil Right’s leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds lined the streets here in Savannah to commemorate the historical significance of the holiday. Millions of people gathered in Washington D.C. at the National Mall to witness another historic event.
President Obama paid homage to King and President Abraham Lincoln by using there bibles. President Obama used Abraham Lincoln’s bible at his first ina uguration. This historic day symbolized the evolution of a young nation in their quest to obtain equality for all American’s.
Offi- cially starting a second term on Monday, January 21, President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address, which was viewed and heard by millions across the globe.
President Obama’s message to the country touched upon a number of heavy- hitting topics, including gender equality, gay marriage, guns, immigrat ion, and the economy, but the underlying message was clear: His second term begins with a sweeping agenda for equality and his speech heralds a bolder style of leadership.
“My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.
They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.”– President Barack Obama