44th Presidential Inauguration Celebration: Part Three

 

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Civil Rights Inaugural Ball was an event that I attended in great haste after the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and 100 Black Men affair that my mother helped to plan. The busiest night of all the week’s festivities occurred on January 20, 2009. The actual Inauguration ceremony had already gone off without a hitch and I even had a chance to watch a little of the parade. Thank God that I live so close to the National Mall in South West, Washington DC or I wouldn’t have been able to see any of it. People were drawing comparisons to the Million Man March back in 1996, but I must admit, there was little to compare.

   

The atmosphere was charged but there weren’t nearly as many people on the National Mall back to hear Farrakhan ramble on and on about atonement. The good old fashioned love-in gave me a nice respite from the anticipation of absolute bedlam. I thought that there was going to be complete anarchy, but once again, I was wrong about Barack Obama. I wanted to be a safe witness to history and I got my wish. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary went down. Black people and white people came together as Americans and everything is okay. I suppose that since I’m talking about all of these important political and social organizations I should co-sign the remark that part of the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has finally been realized.

Who would have thought this possible? I certainly didn’t think it was possible for me to make it to all of the events that I made it to, but I did. I suppose I really am a pessimist when it comes to certain estimates. The best part about the evening was catching up with my favorite friends before they went back to the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives. I know it is a rare event, indeed, that could bring us all together and that we were the witnesses to what will be the only first inauguration of a black president of the United States of America. I don’t think that this blog warrants me waxing poetic on that topic because I think that I do it in another post, but everybody should make a note of how cool it is to watch history unfold. It really is a brand new day in America.

 

Contrary to popular belief, I had a date at these events so I wasn’t totally alone and looking like the fifth wheel again. I just don’t know how comfortable I am putting up my date’s pictures because we haven’t reached that level of friendship yet. I’m adverse to taking liberties because for all I know she’s totally embarrassed of me and otherwise can’t be seen with me. Now I know that some of you are thinking "yeah right" but the truth of the matter is that there is a good chance that this is exactly the case.  On the brighter side, I do have pictures of my Aunt Diane and mother. I escorted both of them to the The Root Ball, as well as to the Delta Sigma Theta production. We all had a blast, thanks for inquiring. I had some difficulty with tying my own bow tie though.  I need a lot more practice before I start auditioning for the James Bond role.

Um, are ya’ll peeping Toy in the purple velvet?  I, myself, was like "yess!" when I saw her in this dress.  So awesome.  I must give props to all of the ladies this week for holding it down and looking absolutely marvelous.  The guys had it easy.  I could have worn the same tuxedo over and over again, but I tried to be a little more classy than that.  The women, on the other hand, had to come correct to so many events in succession and they all knocked it out of the park.  Kudos.  On another note, I’m about to start telling people that these photos were taken at my wedding.  I know that I’m not married or anything, but these might be the only shots of us all together after so many years of being heavily involved with our out families. 

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