The Washington Times - January 20, 2009, 12:54PM

African American Denise Alexander became the fourth poet to read at a presidential inauguration.

The tradition of poem reading began with the inauguration of President Kennedy in 1961 when he selected one of his favorite writers Robert Frost to recite a poem.

In 1993, Maya Angelou read for the inauguration of President Clinton, and poet Miller Williams recited  for the second Clinton inaugural  in 1997.

Ms. Alexander‘s brother Mark was a senior adviser to the Obama campaign and transition team.