Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama's election to the presidency.
In Raleigh, the Rev. Shirley Caesar-Williams told her congregation that "God has vindicated the black folk."
The Grammy-winning gospel singer cried as she told Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church that she has nothing to put her head down for. She said, quoting, "We got a new family coming in. We got a new family coming in. And you know what? They look like us."
Across the nation, congregrants blew horns, waved American flags and raised their hands.