a celebratory concert at the lincoln memorial.
this afternoon i braved the wicked winter weather to revel in the inaugural excitement that is sweeping into the district. i was joined by a crowd of nearly 1 million people gathered on the mall to watch the “we are one” inaugural concert at the lincoln memorial. it was an amazing and inspiring musical + historical tribute to our country and our next president. i loved the outstanding energy + excitement of the crowd, and it was thrilling just to be there, let alone all the incredible celebrities, musicians, and of course, the obamas! the highlight was definitely hearing president elect obama speak to the sea of supportive, cheering people – i admire and respect his optimism, determination, and ability to unite people and i anticipate many good times ahead.
last week the american women for international understanding (AWIU) celebrated it’s 40th anniversary and hosted “conversations with women of courage” at the national press club. the state department’s international women of courage awards were presented by secretary condoleezza rice the previous day, and were part of a week-long celebration to honor the award winners. that the eight recipients hailed from around the globe, each with an amazing story of valiant efforts to to promote peace and understanding against incredible odds.
it was an inspiring evening, and a true honor to be amongst such strong, resilient women fighting for justice in their own communities all over the world. from the refugee camps of somalia to the tribal areas of pakistan to the mafia-controlled regions of paraguay – these women put themselves at risk on a daily basis to bring safety, justice and hope to women who otherwise are in great risk. although i was a guest i did bring my camera, and managed to get a few shots of these outstanding women. it’s impossible to capture all that they are in a photograph, but i feel that their beauty and spirit is truly reflected in these images.
the 2008 women of courage discussed issues relating to their causes and answered questions from the audience.
farhiyo farah ibrahim explains her work on behalf of female refugees in the dadaab refugee camp in somalia.
nibal thawabteh, the first woman to be elected to the beit fajjar village council in bethlehem, runs a monthly newspaper which she founded to cover the controversial issues that face women in the arab world.
dr, begum jan is chairperson of the tribal women welfare association, where she works to empower the voice and role of women in the traditional tribal regions of northwest pakistan.
karin mckenna + dr. begum jan.
virisila buadromo (fiji) + farhiyo farah ibrahim (somalia).
nibal thawabteh (palestinian authority) + terissa schor.
amazing historical photographs + portraits line the halls of the press club.
the CBG slate hosted a tribute to ronald reagan in last monday in baltimore.
michael reagan spoke of “growing up reagan.”
michael reagan prepares to sign his father’s books.
(from left) steve schuh, james king, former governor robert erlich, and nic kipke.
congress hopeful andy harris + senator brian simonaire.
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even the blonde photographer got a signed book! that michael reagan is definitely a nice guy :)
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