January 20, 2009
Ilana Lorge of Chicago, left, Joy Martinex of St. Augustine, Fla., center, and Jamie Stevens of Los Angeles, right, gather at a party marking the inauguration of Obama on Wednesday Jan. 21, 2008 in Singapore.
Barack Obama, right, joined by his wife, Michelle, second from right, and daughters Sasha, second from left, and Malia, takes the presidential oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday.
Inauguration Day spectators on the National Mall cheer as President Barack Obama takes the oath of office Tuesday in Washington.
Michael Holmes, from St. Louis, cheers in front of the White House in Washington on Tuesday after President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S.
Sue Cross watches Tuesday's inauguration on TV at Nephew's Nite Life as President Barack Obama delivers his speech. Nephew's Nite Life hosted an inauguration party sponsored by Columbia's African-American community, Nephew's, the Frederick Douglass Coalition and Black Business of Columbia.
Alana Flowers sat among a crowd of onlookers at MU's Gaines-Oldham Black Cultural Center for the inauguration and the speech by President Barack Obama. She, like several other students there, skipped class to watch the event. "I thought it was beautiful. It was the first time I'd seen something like this."
Dorothy Addae did not find the inauguration of a black leader as novel as many in the room. Her family is originally from Ghana and she has become accustomed to seeing black leadership. "Seeing this change of power in peace is kind of nice," compared to the non-peaceful changes in Africa, she said.
People gathered together in MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
Lauren Grant sits front and center to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama at MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.
President Barack Obama rests his hand on President Lincoln's inaugural Bible as his wife, Michelle Obama, holds it as he takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.
Mary K. Jones, 78, and Ella Crawford, 73, watch the inauguration of Barack Obama at the Hannan House in Detroit on Tuesday.
Barack Obama, joined by his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday.
The Columbia Fire Department extinguished a fire at 4200 Rock Quarry Road that destroyed a shed behind a home. The fire was reported at 3:05 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators later discovered a body in the rubble of the shed.
January 19, 2009
Mary Ratliff, president of the local and state NAACP chapter pulls away in a car that lead the motorcade from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Garden to Second Baptist Church.
Nathan Stephens and Harry Williams lead the Martin Luther King Jr. Day candlelight march that started at Douglass High School gym and ended at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Monday evening.
As part of the motorcade that left from Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Garden, cars travel on Stadium Boulevard towards Second Baptist Church to continue with celebrating the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.
A small crowd gathers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Garden as Valerie Shaw, treasurer of the local and state NAACP chapter speaks about the events going on to celebrate what would be Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday. The crowd then loaded in to their cars and proceeded in a motorcade to Second Baptist Church Monday.
Columbians honored Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at an early morning meal, called the Poor People’s Breakfast, and a late-morning memorial service at Second Baptist Church. George Farris, who received a lifetime achievement award at the service, reflected on King’s vision.
January 18, 2009
Lyn Williams directs Ben Ogawa to put packages of bottled water on the bus before a group of Columbia residents departs for Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Ogawa, a junior at Rock Bridge High School, was one of many high school students and others from around Columbia who were making the trip to the nation's capital for the Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday.
President-elect Barack Obama speaks during "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" in Washington on Sunday.