Myrlie Evers-Williams to Deliver Invocation at President Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 21

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Myrlie Evers-Williams, Widow of Medgar Evers, to Deliver Invocation at President Obama’s Inauguration Jan. 21 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


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Kenyan Domestic Workers Face Modern-Day Slavery in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon at Hands of ‘Employers’

Kenyan domestic workers face modern-day slavery in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon, some beaten and sexually assaulted by their ’employers.’

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Kenyan Domestic Workers Face Modern-Day Slavery in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon at Hands of ‘Employers’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SUNDAY NATION:  “Cases from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Lebanon where there are about 4,000 Kenyan domestic workers fill Ms Kamau’s in-tray. A few additional cases are filed by drivers, Ms Kamau said.

In the last year she has dealt with about 900 of them. Of these, 445 were assisted to return home, 104 were successfully arbitrated, 310 are still pending and 29 Kenyans have been sent to jail. (READ: We don’t oppress foreigners, says Saudi envoy)

Those leaving home are always driven by the pursuit of a good life and greener pastures. The trouble starts right from the recruiting stage. When a potential employer wishes to hire, they contact agents in their home country where, Ms Kamau says, they are required to pay up to $3,000.”

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Hyacinth Ford-Drysden Arrested for Trafficking More Than 17 Children from Jamaica to U.S.

Talk about history repeating itself as blacks sell other blacks into slavery.  Hyacinth Ford-Drysden is charged with allegedly trafficking more than 17 Jamaican children to the United States. Her case is being heard by the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in Kingston, Jamaica. Investigators are working with U.S. officials to get a handle on just how many kids Hyacinth Ford-Drysden trafficked.

The court was told that investigators were in possession of statements from parents who said they were not aware of their children being adopted and sent abroad.

Ford-Drysden, who is of a Bog Walk, St Catherine, was yesterday remanded in custody until January 26.

She is currently charged with forgery, possession of forged documents, and uttering forged documents. However, the court was told that the human-trafficking charges were pending.

The alleged scheme was uncovered on December 8 after Ford-Drysden was arrested by the Flying Squad at the United States Embassy in Kingston, where she had presented forged documents in an effort to secure a US visa for a 16-year-old girl whom she had tried passing off as her child. Source: Jamaica Observer

Hyacinth Ford-Drysden reportedly told the police she was being paid $60,000 (J) for each child she sent to the United States. This is a sad commentary that some parents would just hand their kids over to a perfect stranger to ship overseas without even thinking twice. This isn’t about the child having a better life in the U.S. It’s about selling one’s child into modern-day slavery. The parents who fell for this scheme should be locked up too.


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