By Valeria Villarroel Espinoza
In Washington, D.C.
Sunday morning the crowd started to gather at the Lincoln Memorial at
3 a.m. for the “We Are One” Inaugural concert. The concert
started at 2:30 pm in front of 400,000 people. The crowd
extended from the Lincoln Memorial down the entire length of the
National Mall down to the World War II Memorial.
gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson from New Hampshire gave the opening
prayer. That theme of unity was evident throughout the afternoon
as performers from different genres and races sang together.
Bruce Springsteen was the first performer. He sang “The Rising”
while being backed up by a gospel choir. Performers included
Mary J. Blige, Usher, Josh Groban, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Pete
Seeger, Bono and U2.
There were also others who did
readings like Jack Black, Laura Linney, Steve Carell, Tom Hanks,
Rosario Dawson and Kal Penn. Golf superstar Tiger Woods gave
tribute to his late father and others who have dedicated their lives
to the military.
President-elect Barack Obama spoke to the
crowd, crediting President Abraham Lincoln and civil rights leader Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. for making it possible for American citizens to
reach this historical moment together. Vice-President Elect Joe
Biden was philosophical describing work as being about dignity and
self-respect. Both men and their families could be seen laughing
and enjoying the entertainment. Beyonce closed the concert by
singing “America the Beautiful.” Behind her were troops holding
up flags from the 50 states.