The day of January 21st, 2013 was historic on many levels. Not only was it the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Day, but it was also the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president. Despite the cold temperature, people were lined up all the way down the mall to see the President being sworn into office. For the 57th presidential inauguration there were performances by Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and James Taylor. A benediction was led by The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon and an original poem was read by Richard Blanco. In his inaugural address, President Obama touched on many important and controversial issues that he hopes to address in his next four years as president, describing his swearing in as such, “My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service … the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.” Washington was abuzz with people from all socioeconomic statuses, backgrounds, and political parties — all of whom had come together to recognize and celebrate this historic event. See the photos for more details of the celebration.