Watch Night, a New Year’s Eve service in African-American churches, held a new meaning this year. “‘What makes this Watch Night different from all other Watch Nights is that we prayed for an incoming president who is African-American,’ said Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, a professor of African-American studies and sociology at Colby College in Maine. ‘But it must be noted that African-Americans have been praying for this nation for a long time.'”