Music Stars Rock The National Mall For Obama
MICHEL MARTIN, host:
We turn now a few miles west of the U.S. Capitol to another important American landmark. The Lincoln Memorial served as the backdrop for Dr. Martin Luther King's 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Yesterday, the Lincoln Memorial was again transformed into a stage. An estimated crowd of 400,000 people braved the cold to watch We Are One, a concert celebrating Barack Obama's inauguration. The president-elect listened to inspirational readings by Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, among others, but what really drew the crowds were the star-studded musical performances.
(Soundbite of song "Star Spangled Banner")
Mr. CALEB GREEN: (Singing) Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there...
(Soundbite of song "Lean on Me")
Mr. MARY J. BLIGE: (Singing) Just call on me brother When you need a hand We all need somebody to lean on And I just might have a problem That you'd understand We all need somebody to lean on...
(Soundbite of song "On Higher Ground")
USHER & SHAKIRA & Mr. STEVIE WONDER: (Singing) I'm so glad that he let me try it again Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then Gonna keep on tryin' Till I reach the highest ground...whew! No ones gonna bring me down Oh no...
(Soundbite of song "Pride (In the Name of Love)")
U2: (Singing) Early morning, April 4 Shot rings out in Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life They could not take your pride
In the name of love What more in the name of love? In the name of love What more in the name of love?
MARTIN: That was the "Star Spangled Banner," sung by Master Sergeant Caleb Green; Mary J. Blige singing "Lean on Me"; Usher and Shakira sang with Stevie Wonder "On Higher Ground"; and U2 sang "Pride (In The Name of Love)," the band's requiem to Martin Luther King, Jr., all from yesterday's We Are One inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
BONO (Lead Vocalist, U2): Not just an American dream. Also an Irish dream. European dream. African dream. Israeli dream. And also, a Palestinian dream. Sing!
U2: (Singing) In the name of love What more in the name of love? In the name of love What more in the name of love...
BONO: Let freedom reign! Let freedom reign!
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