Maya Angelou was the first African-American to write a poem for a presidential inauguration.
She delivered her poem at President Clinton's ceremony in 1993.
On Monday it was the turn of Richard Blanco, the first openly gay poet and the first Cuban-American to receive the honor.
The World's Alex Gallafent has this report.
Richard Blanco (Photo: @rblancopoet Twitter profile)
President Barack Obama greets poet Richard Blanco after his reading at the presidential inauguration. (Photo: REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool)