The History of African-Americans in Presidential Inaugurations

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  • 1997 – Bill Clinton’s Second Inauguration
  • 2001 – George W. Bush’s First Inauguration
  • 2005 – George W. Bush’s Second Inauguration
  • 2009. Barack Obama’s First Inauguration
  • 1865 - Abraham Lincoln's Inauguration
  • 1957 – Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Second Inauguration
  • 1961 – John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration
  • 1969 – Richard M. Nixon’s First Inauguration
  • 1973 – Richard M. Nixon’s Second Inauguration
  • 1977 – Jimmy Carter’s Inauguration

2009. Barack Obama’s First Inauguration

Aretha Franklin, the legendary “Queen of Soul,” performed. Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, the civil rights leader and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered the benediction.

(Photo: Dennis Brack /Landov)

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