Myrlie Evers-Williams

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.

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  • Char

    WOW! Talk about coming full circle? What a powerful moment.

    • dirtychai

      This is definitely a moment of historical significance.

  • LadyP

    Medgar Evers is one of my greatest fallen heroes. Viewing a documentary of his life a couple years ago, I didn’t realize the depth of his contributions towards the CRM. Yes, I heard of his plight, but his dedication. I’ve often wondered why the same respect wasn’t/isn’t bestowed on him as Malcolm X and MLK. By far, this is not to take away from either.

    The bravery of Medgar Evers is mind-blowing to me. This fearless man fighting in MISSISSIPPI, a place where blacks were afraid to step out on their porches kept going and kept going with little support. I believe by Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, delivering the invocation on Inauguration Day is a long overdue and well-deserved recognition. What better way to pay respect to the late Medgar Evers!
    – I am going to cry .

    People in Mississippi are still afraid to sit on their porch. How did he do it?

  • M. B.

    Why not mention the fact that she was a former chairwoman for the NAACP before mentioning the widow part? She’s done quite well for herself in the activism department.