Civil rights leader's widow to give invocation at Obama's inaugration
In this 2009 photo, Myrlie Evers-Williams stands next to an expanded version of postage honoring her late husband, Medgar Evers.
January 8th, 2013
11:25 AM ET

Civil rights leader's widow to give invocation at Obama's inaugration

The widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation and benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration January 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday.

The committee said in a statement that the president was involved in selecting Myrlie Evers-Williams, an Atlanta pastor who is the widow of Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation and the Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of the Passion City Church, to deliver the benediction.

"I am humbled to have been asked to deliver the invocation for the 57th inauguration of the President of the United States - especially in light of this historical time in America when we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement," she said in a statement from the inaugural committee. "It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing that era."

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  1. saywhat

    Good morning.
    This inauguration will certainly not be the epic event on the scale of Pr.Obama's first ceremony but nevertheless an event which would bring back some of our lost prestige & dignity in reelecting him.

    January 8, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hide Behind

    If you round up all the social restructuring moneys you will find no single grouping has hsd more money thrown at it than the groups who call themselves blacks.
    For all the stated good intensions the Blacks, as a group, continue to be not only stuck in lowest economic status of any US racialy profiled.
    Not that theirs is a static level of poverty but even during This presidecy has sunk lower into abject poverty of under $9000/ yr, some 20% since he took office.
    A point to ponder; Not realy; For much is the case of over 40,000,000 million other americans.
    Today it will be token black day as any politico uses photo ops of factory workers and military to justify their right to rule.

    January 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Undoubtedly this country has been abused to the extent that is manifest in our poverty levels, crumbling infrastructure, hard hit welfare programs, health care, education and so on by policies of the past decade.
    But the policy makers alone are not responsible, its us the people who let ourselves be (willingly or bamboozled) led by our proverbial noses and that goes on.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Reelection of Pr.Obama to a degree symbolizes , unlike that of G.W.B, American values with which we have been losing touch, for the rest of the world.
    Now what policies are pursued by this administration is another matter.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |