ESSENCE's January 2009 dual-cover issue featuring President-elect Barack Obama and soon-to-be First Lady Michelle commemorates a once-in-forever event as only we can. The 56-page tribute features the images, thoughts and dreams of some of our best writers and photographers and examines what the Obama victory means for us, our children and the future of Black America. Yes, this is our time. And the journey has just begun.

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Also, President-elect Barack Obama announced Monday that Robert Gates would remain as defense secretary, making President Bush's Pentagon chief his own as he seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq. Obama picked former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state.

At a news conference, Obama also introduced retired Marine Gen. James Jones as White House national security adviser, former Justice Department official Eric Holder as attorney general and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security.