One recent addition to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration is adding a touch of legacy to an iconic moment in black history.
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will be responsible for delivering the invocation on Inauguration Day, AP reported. The announcement of her selection was made Tuesday by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. The benediction for Obama’s swear-in will be conducted by Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta’s Passion City Church.
The inauguration will be held the same day as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in which Evers-Williams will deliver the prayer. 50 years ago, Medgar Evers was shot and killed in front of his Mississippi home.
Myrlie Evers-Williams previously served as chairwoman for the NAACP from 1995 to 1998. She is a distinguished scholar at Alcorn State University. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.