In a historic moment before a jubilant crowd estimated to surpass one million people, Barack Obama became the 44th president and the first black president of the United States Tuesday.
Jesse J. Holland, author of "Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History in and around Washington, D.C." reflects on the poignancy of Barack Obama's inauguration in a city that was built partially by slaves.
The Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military airmen, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Thursday, 60 years after their participation in World War II.
Most of official Washington has been evacuated this morning after a series of what are being called terrorist attacks leveled the World Trade Center in New York and imploded part of the Pentagon.
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