Presidential inauguration invocation delivery by widow of civil rights icon

Image Myrlie Evers-Williams

The widow of Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers-Williams, will deliver the invocation at the president’s public swearing-in ceremony Jan. 21. It is believed that it is the first time a woman and a layperson, rather than a clergy member has been chosen for such a task. It is also a very fitting choice, since the President’s inauguration coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Additionally,  this year marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Medgar Evers. Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, is presently Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. Furthermore, The benediction will be given by conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion Conferences. Louie Giglio, whose conferences draw thousands of young evangelicals, was chosen in part for his work in raising awareness about modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

Additionally, the 2013 Inaugural Ceremonies theme, “Faith in America’s Future” commemorates the United States’ perseverance and marks the 150th anniversary of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome.

Image  Medgar Evers phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg (1)Louie Giglio


2 thoughts on “Presidential inauguration invocation delivery by widow of civil rights icon

  1. I think it’s perfectly wonderful that Ms. Evers-Williams is saying the invocation at the inaguration ceremony. I understand that God doesn’t just listen to the prayers of clergy and men but also to the prayers of women and lay people. At least I hope that’s true. I am both!

    • Hi Stacy. Thanks for your comments. I too am apart of these two groups. From my perspective, this is a great eye opener and well deserved appointment. This day will be filled with history occurrence. Thanks for your comments.

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