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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President Obama’s Inaugural Ceremonies Theme Announced: “Faith in America’s Future”

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President Obama’s Inaugural Ceremonies Theme Announced: “Faith in America’s Future”

The theme of President Obama’s inaugural ceremonies will be “Faith in America’s Future,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, in a release Thursday:

“Our nation has faced countless challenges throughout its history, and each time we have come together as Americans and moved forward with renewed strength. During the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Americans from across the country will gather beneath the Capitol Dome to celebrate our history, take measure of how far we have come, and look towards our future with hope and determination.”


S. Con. Res. 35 established the date of the 2013 Inauguration as Monday, January 21, 2013, since January 20, 2013 falls on a Sunday.  This is the seventh time in U.S. history that the constitutionally mandated Inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday. The last time was President Ronald Reagan’s second Inauguration in 1985. When this occurs, the public ceremonies traditionally are held on Monday.

In addition, January 21, 2013 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It will be the second time that this federal holiday has coincided with a Presidential Inauguration. The first was President William J. Clinton’s second Inauguration in 1997.