Wednesday, January 21, 2009

praise for the day

This morning Allie said she hadn't heard any pundits say that it was the blackest presidential inauguration in history.

"They had a token white guy," she said, "instead of a token black guy."

It's true, though.

Aretha Franklin with her spectacular, COGIC-style hat.

Elizabeth Alexander's tight "Praise for the Day" that plainly said, "Say it plain, that many have died for this day."

And Rev. Joseph Lowery going a little street at the end, old-man street, when he asked God to bring the 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."

And, of course, the call and response, to end it all:

"That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen."

Amen.

"Say Amen."

Amen.

"And Amen."

Amen.

2 comments:

LisaEveritt said...

I didn't realize it until I saw a clip of Juan Williams talking about Lowery on Fox, but Rev. Lowery began his benediction by reciting the third verse of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which used to be called the Negro National Anthem. I caught the references to other hymns, and to "I Have a Dream," but missed that. WOW.

Sarah said...

Yes! My fiance had a similar comment about the "Neighborhood Ball," where the Obamas had their first dance and the entertainment and overall vibe was brimming with African-American culture. He said, "America just got really funky." Awesome!!!