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Well, I don't know what will happen now.  We've got some difficult days ahead.

But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life, longevity has its place, but I'm not concerned about that now.

I just want to do God's will.  And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain.  And I've looked over -- and I've seen the promised land.

I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

April 3, 1968.


                                 

40 Years Later

                                       

Today we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Tomorrow, we triumphantly mark a human rights milestone.  It shall be one of the most memorable days in history.

What follows is a photo essay of this weekend's pre-Inauguration festivities.  

I hope you enjoy it.  I topped it off with some neat-O special effects.

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President Obama began Sunday by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  

In the afternoon, he choppered over to BarackStock, landing in dramatic fashion, aboard Marine One.

A crowd of 400,000 lined the Reflecting Pool to see a cathartic and patriotic two hour concert.

A view from the stage.

                                 

Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, delivered the invocation.

Even stars like Stephen Colbert, Jr. flew in.

                                 

An overwhelmed Jack Black.

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► Your Backstage Pass -- More Cow Bell, Please.  

24 Pix in all (incl backstage)

HA! Love it!  What a beautiful couple.

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► This is what America Looks Like -- 16 Pix in all.

                                 

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Chooo-Chooo!!  All aboard!!

Saturday saw the O-Train lay tracks from Philly to D.C.  Along the way, Barack picked up Joe in Delaware, speaking before a Wilmington crowd of 30,000, and then they sped to Baltimore, where they spoke to 40,000 more.

It was a moving sight, as citizens from all corners waved flags from overpasses, rail stations, and roof tops.

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► Barack & Joe's Excellent Adventure -- 15 Pix in All.

                                 

► Barack sure got a kick outta pullin' da whistle.

► EVERYBODY wants an autograph!!

DC cops mob Joe and Barack at Union Station

                                 

► At 57, Dr. Jill Biden proves age is merely a number.

► LOL -- LOVE IT!  I wish I thought of it first.

The Greatest turned 67 on Saturday.

► Street art at its finest and funniest.

►Well, we made it.  Barely.  In less then 24 hours, the MISERABLE FAILURE will be gone.

Here's to our Liberation and to the dawn of a new era!!!

► Brooklyn

► Oakland

Originally posted to Al Rodgers on Mon Jan 19, 2009 at 08:54 AM PST.

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