Since I cannot attend the Inauguration, here is my own personal tribute to and celebration of — as a Black man and a proud citizen — the historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, an event I never thought I would live to see in my lifetime.
Historic African Americans and Others Featured (in order): Crispus Attucks, Dred Scott, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Madam CJ Walker, WEB Dubois, Booker T Washington, Marcus Garvey, Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Dr. Charles Drew, Rosa Park, Malcolm X, Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King Jr, Muhammad Ali, Shirley Chisholm, and Mae Jemison
"Life Every Voice And Sing" aka "The Negro National Anthem" - Video Edit
(written by James Weldon Johnson)
Lift every voice and sing,
till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the
dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
let us march on till victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
bitter the chastening rod,
felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
yet with a steady beat,
have not our weary feet
come to the place
for which our fathers died?
We have come over a way that with tears have been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
out from the gloomy past,
till now we stand at last
where the white gleam
of our bright star is cast.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee;
lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee,
shadowed beneath thy hand,
may we forever stand,
true to our God,
true to our native land.
The content of this video comes from different sources and the figures, incidents and historic references are meant only as a broad and general overview of Black American Historic Fugures, NOT an exhaustive survey. (in other words, if you believe that some people should have been featured and others omitted, that really isn't the point of this tribute.)
Music: "Lift Every Voice and Sing" also known as "The Negro National Anthem," performed by the Boston Pops.
(No copyright infringement intended; for entertainment purposes only.)