There are tales of a butch throwing the first punch at a cop, a projectile high-heeled shoe being lobbed across the crowd, among others, all of which have been said to have ignited the crowd to resist arrest. But regardless of which catalytic moment you want to believe, something snapped.
They say speeches don't create change. THEY are wrong. Barack Obama's inaugural address lifted up a nation that has been downcast, instead of looking up at the one sky above us.
In the wake of traumatizing acts of gun violence, Dr. King's own death reminds us of the horrible reality of violence and the need for more than a change in gun policy, but a sustained movement for peace in America and beyond.
Why, not even 24 hours after the most powerful man in the free world mentioned the Stonewall riots and gay rights in his inaugural speech, did some people come down with a crippling case of selective amnesia and focus on the alleged lip-syncing of a disco diva?
Perhaps so many people were disappointed with Beyonce because they saw a beautiful and talented artist at the height of her powers afraid of taking a risk.
Immigration reform is what is best for our nation as well as our economy for it will help to ensure that workers are paid fair wages and have a voice.
My generation has been programed to expect the worst from our heroes. Tiger, Weiner, A-Rod, Spitzer, Favre and Edwards all taught us that underneath that amazing golf swing, or that seemingly flawless head of hair, is the capacity to disappoint.
With another presidential election cycle and inauguration behind us, it might be worth noting something that may be an indicator of which presidential candidate will actually win -- no matter which party he (or she) -- represents.
What is at stake in constantly requiring that God's name is invoked throughout this political ceremony inaugurating the leader of all Americans?
The fact of the matter is that Millennials are not giving up -- they are, as the late Steve Jobs urged us to do: thinking different, dreaming big, and moving fast.
Rhetoric is no substitute for reality, and given the president's unfortunate extension of the Bush-Cheney assault on civil liberties, his administration deserves criticism.
Beyonce has been under attack for her performance at the President's Inaugural Ceremony. Questioned is whether or not she lip synced her version of "T...
President Obama surprised a lot of people by elevating the climate threat into the top tier of his second-term priorities during his recent inaugural address. Words are no substitute for action, but this could be the beginning of what many of us have been demanding for years.
Just as Kennedy will forever be the president that inspired a nation to accomplish the impossible, President Obama has the opportunity to be one to usher the world into the Energy Age.
Obama did, however, ground his inclusive conception of our national identity and, yes, his progressive political philosophy securely in our American traditions and history going back two centuries. Mr. Hazelwood takes umbrage? Fine.
Most importantly, your conduct with a polarized Congress will be studied for years to come. I hope that you will strive to draw on your background as a grassroots organizer and continue to govern by consensus rather than whim.