Via: The Huffington Post:
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at President Barack Obama‘s inauguration later this month, organizers announced Tuesday.
Evers-Williams, also a civil rights activist in her own right, is reportedly the first woman and non-clergy member to deliver a president’s inaugural invocation.
In contrast with the untraditional selection of Evers-Williams, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that the Rev. Louie Giglio, a conservative evangelical who is the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, will deliver the benediction at the inauguration. Giglio is the founder of the Passion Conferences, a student-centered Christian movement that raises awareness about human trafficking.
The president’s official swearing-in for his second term is Jan. 20, but the ceremonial events organized by the inaugural committee are Jan. 21.
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