Overtones of exultation and a touch of piety filled the air as individuals and organizations from metro Atlanta hosted events at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Congressman David Scott, who represents Atlanta’s 13th district, spearhead the Georgia Inaugural Gala held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Museum in conjunction with the Georgia State Society of Washington, D.C.
Scott described the affair as being “Georgia at its finest.”
“It was God sent to be able to have Gladys Knight and the homerun king Hank Aaron here at the Georgia Ball on the eve of the African-American president being sworn into office,” said Scott, “who will take his oath of office on the bible of the most famous Georgian of all, Martin Luther King Jr., in the very same place where 50 years ago [King] gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech.”
For Scott, Obama’s inauguration represented the fulfillment of that dream. The congressman said he felt something in the room that he believed would translate to the next four years.
“There is a crying need in this country to see the rich diversity of our nation come together,” he said. “This country is looking for healing. The spirit of healing was in this room tonight.
“The president is the right man at the right time to handle it,” Scott added. “God brings us things to be able to examine and learn from. The answer to all that was captured in this ball tonight with all that you saw,”
Georgian Gladys Knight sang some of her greatest hits at the gala and inspired the crowd by performing a cover of the song “I Hope You Dance,” by country singer Lee Ann Womack.
Just a few blocks from the Georgia Gala, the 100 Black Men of America also hosted an inaugural reception in celebration of President’s Obama’s second term.
The chairman of 100 Black Men, Atlanta Chapter, Gregory Hawkins noted that the occasion was even more important the second time around since very few Democratic presidents have been re-elected.
“It’s an incredible historic moment for an African-American president to not only to be elected, but to be re-elected,” said Hawkins. “I know there were a lot of people at the first inauguration, but I’ve got to tell you the second one is probably more significant. We are thrilled to be here and we’re here to support Barack Obama.”
Chapter presidents of 100 Black Men of America from Atlanta, Cleveland, Chicago and other cities attended.
Curley Dossman, Chairman of the 100 Black Men of America, which is headquartered in Atlanta, attended a prayer service with President Obama and his family earlier that morning.
“It was an awe-inspiring moment and humbling to participate and witness the prayer service,” Dossman said.
The chairman went on to say during the service that the challenges President Obama faces were comparable to Moses’ challenges in the bible.
“What are the options that you have other than to go for it?” asked Dossman. “God can make impossible things real.” With President Obama’s second term, there is “a new possibility.”