Events Schedule, Official Inauguration Theme Released - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue


President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration will span four days, and will not only include the traditional balls, but also service events to honor Martin Luther King’s legacy, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today.

The inauguration’s theme will be “Renewing America’s Promise,” the same theme from the Democratic National Convention in Denver and the party’s platform.

The celebrations begin Sunday, Jan. 18 with a welcome event that will be open to the public.

On Monday, Jan. 19, Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, and their families, will participate in community service activities across the Washington, D.C. area, honoring Martin Luther King Day in its role as a national day of service.

Tuesday, Jan. 20 is the big day that makes it all official, and there will be the traditional inauguration ceremonies and events, including Obama and Biden’s swearing in on the west front of the Capitol in Washington; a luncheon in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall; the inaugural parade, which begins at the steps of the Capitol and continues down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House; and the official inaugural balls.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, Obama and Biden will participate in a prayer service.

More details about the welcome event and others are to be released at a later date.

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Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.