WASHINGTON--Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation at President Barack Obama's Jan. 21 inaugural swearing in ceremony. Megar Evers was shot to death in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi in 1963.
The Rev. Louie Giglio, the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the founder of Passion Conferences, has been tapped to deliver the benediction.
President Barack Obama had a hand in both selections, according to the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be officially sworn-in on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the White House. As has been tradition, when the Constitution-mandated Jan. 20 swearing-in date falls on a Sunday, the public ceremonies take place on Jan. 21 with the President and Vice President taking a second, symbolic oath at the West Front of the Capitol. Workers have been at work constructing the stage and the viewing stands.
"Vice President Biden and I are honored that Myrlie Evers-Williams and Rev. Louie Giglio will participate in the Inaugural ceremony," Obama said in a statement. "Their voices have inspired many people across this great nation within the faith community and beyond. Their careers reflect the ideals that the Vice President and I continue to pursue for all Americans - justice, equality, and opportunity."
"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," Myrlie Evers-Williams said in a statement. "It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing that era."