Throughout this extraordinary election, it often seemed as if history itself were campaigning alongside Barack Obama. The Nation notes the occasion in An Inauguration for the Ages
The spirits of the civil rights movement–and movements for social justice everywhere–will be with Obama on this historic Inauguration Day. Artist John Mavroudis imagines the occasion..
It was on August 24, 2008, on the forty-fifth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, that Obama accepted the Democratic party’s nomination, becoming the first black American to be a major party’s presidential candidate.
And on January 20, 2009–one day after Martin Luther King Day–Obama will be sworn in as the first black president of the United States. No doubt the spirits of the civil rights movement, and of movements for racial justice everywhere, will be with him then.
Artist John Mavroudis’s cover illustration for this week’s print edition of The Nation imagines this inauguration–one witnessed not in flesh and blood, but in the bonds of justice and peace. To identify the historical figures, match the list of names below with the diagram at right.
KEY: 1. Barack Obama |?2. Michelle Obama |?3. Martin Luther King Jr. |?4. Thurgood Marshall |?5. Rosa Parks |?6. Barbara Jordan |?7. Cynthia Wesley |?8. Carole Robertson |?9. Denise McNair | 10. Addie Mae Collins | 11. Emmett Till | 12. Susan B. Anthony | 13. C.T. Vivian | 14. James Meredith |
15. Homer Plessy | 16. Harvey Milk | 17. Ida B. Wells | 18. Malcolm X | 19. Bayard Rustin | 20. John Lewis | 21. Mahatma Gandhi | 22. Abraham Lincoln | 23. Frederick Douglass | 24. Cesar Chavez | 25. Sojourner Truth | 26. Nelson Mandela | 27. Stephen Biko | 28. Oliver Brown (Brown v. Board of Education) | 29. Chief Joseph | 30. Lyndon Johnson | 31. Medgar Evers | 32. Rev. James Reeb | 33. Fred Shuttleworth | 34. W.E.B. Du Bois | 35. Ralph Abernathy | 36. Viola Gregg Liuzzo | 37. Marcus Garvey | 38. Andrew Goodman | 39. James Chaney | 40. Michael Schwerner | 41. John Brown | 42. Jackie Robinson | 43. Dolores Huerta | 44. Mary White Ovington | 45. William Lloyd Garrison | 46. Wang Dan | 47. Stephen Samuel Wise | 48. Harriet Tubman | 49. Dred Scott | 50. Booker T. Washington | 51. David Richmond (and) | 52. Joseph McNeil (Greensboro Four) | 53. Martin Delany | 54. The Little Rock Nine | 55. William Still | 56. Thomas Garrett | 57. Elizabeth Cady Stanton | 58. Samuel Burris | 59. Thomas Paine | 60. Abigail Kelley Foster | 61. Jesse Jackson | 62. Eugene V. Debs | 63. Lucretia Mott | 64. Paul Robeson | 65. Henry David Thoreau | 66. Shirley Chisholm