I’d like to reflect briefly on the election of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden in 2008 and their inauguration in January 2009, on the historical significance of the election, and my hopes for cooperation between the Black Catholic community and the Obama Administration in working for social justice. On January 20, 2009, I joined my sister, Margaret, my brother, Mark, and a million or more of our fellow citizens on the nation’s Mall to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joseph Biden. In freezing temperatures, without access to restrooms for more than 14 hours, and with scant opportunities for food or water, we were on pilgrimage to help initiate what may become the most important presidency for the United States in recent times.


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