Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen is blogging from Washington, D.C., where he is attending the inauguration of Barack Obama and events surrounding the inauguration.
This inauguration coincides with the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's 80th birthday, and the connections between his work and vision and the election of Obama are everywhere: an opening ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial where the "I Have a Dream" speech was given in 1963; the "We are One" theme of the opening ceremony, people of all kinds from all over the country.
Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal wrote:
A long-oppressed people have raised up a president. It is moving and beautiful and speaks to the unending magic and sense of justice of our country.
Magic ... there is no better word for what is going on.