On Sunday, I went to Busboys and Poets restaurant to hear Joe Ross read his poem “Imagine the Shock” from the new collection Poetic Voices Beyond Borders. Robert Giron (publisher) and Melissa Tuckey (Split this Rock organizer) decided on a change of plans and rescheduled the poetry reading because the Inaugural concert was playing live on the big screen TV in the Langston Hughes Room where the reading was to be held. It was packed with rapt enthusiasts watching the concert and singing along.
The photo above is of the room. Barack Obama was giving his speech at the concert. A joyful roomful cheered him on. The wall on the right side of the Langston Room is a collage mural called The Peace and Struggle wall.