1.20.2009

Barack H. Obama sworn in as 44th U.S. President

Written by Jesse Muhammad

It was a moment the world will never forget.

On this day, January 20, 2009, Barack H. Obama was sworn in as the country's first Black President of the United States. During his address before over one million people in Washington, D.C. he again emphasized the responsibility we all have.

"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America", said Obama.

"For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task", he said.

I spent the early part of the day touring the city of Houston to shoot pictures at many Inauguration Watch Parties including the one held at Texas Southern University. (pictured below) Look for more detailed coverage in the upcoming special inauguration edition of The Final Call Newspaper.

May God continue to bless and protect Barack Obama and his family. And may we all be inspired to not lay down in this hour but yet stand and BE the change.