The inaugural events began with a joyous time of praise and prayer in downtown D.C.
African Americans involved in ministry and civil rights came together, Saturday, at the People's Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.
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It was a time of robust worship, but most of all plenty of prayer for the 44th President.
"We might not always agree with the decisions he makes, but God let us agree that we're going to believe that you've chosen him," Rev. H. Beecher Hicks of Washington's Metropolitan Baptist Church said.
Los Angeles resident William Skelton came 3,000 miles for events like the Inaugural Prayer Breakfast.
At 84, he can hardly believe he's seen the election of an African American.
"I thought maybe one day a great great grandson or granddaughter might, but I never expected to see it," he said.
But his daughter Deidre did, after she saw Obama campaigning many months ago.
"I [thought] 'that's a possibility,'" she said.
Marlene Burgess came to D.C. to sing, but is also praying fervently for Obama.
"I just pray that his plans for the rebirth of this country will come to fruition," she said.
Skelton's daughter is praying too.
"[I pray] God's wisdom and strength to carry him through because he's got just an impossible job ahead of him," she said.
Participants of the prayer breakfast will also attend the People's Inaugural Ball, Tuesday night.