This weekend on State of Belief, the inauguration of Barack Obama.  Host Welton Gaddy speaks with civil rights activist and prominent minister, Reverend Amos Brown, about this historic moment.   Political analyst Greg Lebel stops by with his thoughts on Obama’s first 100 days and journalist Jon Meacham shares lessons for the new president from his biography of a previous commander-in-chief,  Andrew Jackson.

Welton Gaddy is joined in studio by Greg Lebel to talk all things inaugural – from Obama’s address to the president’s first 100 days.  Greg Lebel is an assistant professor of political management at George Washington University.  He is a veteran of the presidential campaigns of George McGovern, Gary Hart, Al Gore, Jr. and Howard Dean.  He was heard regularly through out the campaign season on State of Belief.

Plus, a conversation with civil rights activist and Martin Luther King Jr.’s former student, Reverend Amos Brown.  Amos Brown is pastor of the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco and he is president of the San Francisco NAACP. 

And, journalist and author Jon Meacham talks with Welton about his latest biography, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, and he shares some advice on church-state relations for the new president. Jon Meacham is the editor of Newsweek magazine and he co-moderates the blog, On Faith, for the Washington Post.  His previous books include the best-seller, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation.


Don’t miss Welton’s own thoughts in an inaugural “Preaching to the Choir”.  After you listen, tell us what you think about the idea of an oath of citizenry to be taken alongside the presidential oath.  Write your own oath and send it to us.




Religion and radio done differently – this weekend on State of Belief.


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