Inauguration 2013: What They Were Thinking

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  • Hail to the Chief
  • Bobby West, Texas
  • Briana Durr, New Jersey
  • Disa Nicholson, New York
  • Matano Ismaen, Washington, D.C., via Kenya
  • Albert Artis, Washington, D.C.
  • Cameron Smith, Maryland
  • Leac Matelus, Pennsylvania via Haiti
  • Ken and Tykitcha Lanier, Georgia
  • Dana Johnson, New York
  • Shirley Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • Liane Robinson, Washington, D.C.
  • Ella Hunter, Washington, D.C.
  • Velma Wells, King College Prep Marching Band, Illinois

Bobby West, Texas (center)

"I'm reflecting on when Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were having a discussion through the papers about when we might have a Black president. Kennedy said around 50 years and King said 50, then 25 years. I'm getting to experience their predictions about what would happen with this country and Black leadership. And I'm here celebrating more than just Obama becoming president, but the world's beginning to see that African-Americans can lead the United States.”

(Photo: Joyce Jones/

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