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President Barack Obama: Yes we can, yes we did — again

The inclusion of King’s Bible is particularly significant since the inauguration is on Jan. 21, the federal holiday in honor of the civil rights leader. King delivered his famous and prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. Obama will face the memorial as he takes the oath. Also, King’s Bible, which his children say he used early in his career as a preacher, has never been part of a presidential inauguration.

Obama was in office when the black Greek fraternity that MLK was a member of, Alpha Phi Alpha, completed the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Alphas could not have foreseen that a black man would be president and lead the unveiling ceremony. They applied for the permit to build the statue of King in the mid-1990s when President Clinton was in office.

The selection of the Lincoln Bible is symbolic of the struggle for equality in America, beginning with Lincoln’s emancipation of slaves 150 years ago and 100 years before the March on Washington led by Dr. King.

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  1. Vandellish on February 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Please…he ain’t nuthin but a real life Pootie Tang.

  2. PubliK on February 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    This some sad shit. Shit like this set back the black race 400 years Hip Hop doesnt look to good Def Jam come on were are the Chuck D caliber rappers fuck this dumb music

  3. Rhome on February 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    It’s not that folks have to necessarily be pining for the ’80s and ’90s, some of us just still have standards and can’t relate to talentless coons.

  4. Reifer on February 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    You people are tripping madly! Joe Budden has beeen knocking it out of the park with each project he’s made since ’07. He’s a great artist and don’t ever confuse him with bad hip hop. Additionally, have you ever heard of a little group called Slaughterhouse?– the most lyrically-talented group in all of current hip hop. Look I love 90’s rap, but how bout you listen to an artist instead of assuming he’s bad because he’s on a reality show. You are missing out.