OBAMA SECOND INAUGURATION: Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at President Obama’s public swearing in January 21, 2013, the Washington Post reports. 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. It is also fitting because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Medgar Evers.
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.
Separately, People magazine reports Beyoncé will lead the performances at President Obama’s inauguration on January 21, where she will sing the National Anthem. Also on tap to perform are Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor. Clarkson will song “My Country Tis of Thee,” while Taylor will sing “America the Beautiful.” President Barack Obama will be sworn in to his second term to the tune of Beyonce.
Richard Blanco, will be become the youngest Inaugural poet at age 44 and the first Hispanic and gay poet to participate in a presidential inauguration as a poet, the New York Times reports.