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Inauguration Tuesday: Rev. Joseph Lowery Gives the Inaugural Benediction

January 20th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

This was one of the highlights of the day for me. I love Rev. Lowery began his prayer with one of the verses from “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” by noted Black poet James Weldon Johnson. This beautiful gesture paid tribute to the struggles and triumphs of those generations of African Americans who did not live to see the the election of a Black president.

My favorite quote from Lowery’s prayer: “Let all who do justice and love mercy say amen.” And the crowd thundered back, “Amen!”

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One Response

  1. Clnmike

    A great day indeed.

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