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Barack Obama's presidency has been marked with significant historic moments and firsts for politics. America's first African-American president was elected in 2008, then reelected by a young and diverse cohort. Not surprisingly, key players in his 2013 inauguration are notable for their achievements and historical firsts. Click through the slideshow to see the participants and ties they have to U.S. communities of color.

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Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, reads the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (National Journal)
First lady Michelle Obama is greeted by Rev. Luis Leon at St. John's Church in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, as the first family arrived for a church service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (National Journal)
President Barack Obama greets poet Richard Blanco on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, after Blanco's reading at the president's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool) (National Journal)
Beyonce Knowles sings the National Anthem at the 57th Inaugural on the West Front of the Capitol, January 21, 2013. (Chet Susslin) (National Journal)
Eva Longoria arrives at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (National Journal)
Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers the invocation at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (National Journal)
From left to right: Beyonce, Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder (National Journal)

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