From the Lincoln Memorial to Howard University's Rank Chapel to The Lincoln Theatre, music of faith and hope abounded at celebrations to commemorate the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama.
The music symbolizes Obama's faith journey to the presidency. And just like his campaign, he is asking asking everyone to go with him on this journey of hope and faith as he becomes the first African-American president of the United States.
At the Lincoln Memorial, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, John Mellencamp and many others were joined by gospel choirs singing inspirational music.
At Howard University's Crampton Auditorium, where Obama's former pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered the message, the Rankin Chapel Choir sang such songs as "We Shall Overcome,'' "Glad to Be in His Service,'' and "Oh, Happy Day'' - music that took the overflow crowd from the days of bondage to today's renewed since of hope for the future.
At the Lincoln Theatre, the musical journey was about the same at the People's Gala Gospel theatre, highlighted by an the Atlanta's Chorale New Creations. Richard Smallwood & Vision was the headliner for the afternoon concert.