Benson Blake Photography

Inaugural We Are One Concert

On Sunday afternoon, the city of Washington DC hosted an opening ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, to kick-off the 2009 Inaugural festivities.  The star-studded event included performances by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen,, and Stevie Wonder to name a few.  Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington also made special appearances during the program.  Barack Obama addressed the crowd with a speech near the end of the program. Here are some images I captured at the event. View the Gallery

Metro, the best way to get around
Metro... The best way to get to the monuments.

One of the security check point lines
The line

Crowd gathering around the Washington Monument

Crowd near the Washington Monument
Overflow crowd viewing one of the many jumbotrons

Martin Luther King III speaking at the Lincoln Memorial
Martin Luther King III speaking at the Lincoln Memorial

Mary J. Blige performing on stage
Mary J. Blige performing

Crowd waving American flags

Crowd at the welcome event

Joe Biden speaking at the Lincoln Memorial
Joe Biden speaking at the Lincoln Memorial

Boy waving American flag

9 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Inaugural We Are One Concert”

  • Bobby Thigpen

    Monday, January 19, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Benson these images are very good. I wish I had been with you. Again, a job well done.


  • Mom

    Monday, January 19, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Benson, these are wonderful images. As usual you continue to capture the “heart and soul” of people and special events. Through your talent, I don’t feel as though I’m missing all of this historical and meaningful celebration. I’ve shared these with folk here and they are equally moved and impressed. We’re looking forward to sharing more as you add more images of our new President and events surrounding his transition and progress. Love you.

  • Ronald Atkinson

    Monday, January 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I love mom’s post. It says it all. Keep it going my friend. . . . keep it going!


  • Dotey

    Monday, January 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm


  • Shirley Cuffee

    Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Wonderful keep on keepin on. Be Blessed in all that you thrive for. Va. Mass Choir.

  • Myrtle Martin

    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Benson, After seeing all the other pictures on-line, my next thought was, let me see what Benson has posted. As always, when there’s something big going on we can always count on you to capture the moment. You are a great photographer and all of your efforts to be at the right place at the right time continues to show how much love you have for this gift you have and also how dedicated you are to good photography. Keep up the good work Benson. We really miss you here in the Hampton Roads Area. May God continue to Bless You!

  • Hayley

    Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    These Look Amazing! We missed you this year at the Stellar Awards. I knew that you were taking some Great Inauguration Photos which was way more important! I hope you had fun Benson!


  • Pamela

    Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    These are fantastic! The pictures really give a sense of how intense this event was.
    Thanks for continuing to share.

  • Shirley

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Awesome photos Benson…. We went to Washington DC last March, so this was a treat to see photos from there and this very special inauguration….

    Enjoyed the photos on Monte’s site also, especially the one of you saying ” I was there”… Awesome!!


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