Medgar Evers Widow To Deliver Invocation Prayer At Inauguration

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  • Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
  • Medgar Evers--the NAACP's Mississippi Field Secretary.
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WASHINGTON, DC (AP/WUSA)--The widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation at President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Jan. 21.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday that Myrlie Evers-Williams would deliver the prayer. It comes 50 years after her husband was gunned down in the driveway of his Mississippi home.  In 1963 Evers was the NAACP's Mississippi Field Secretary.  The inauguration falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Evers-Williams is a distinguished scholar at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. She was chairwoman of the NAACP from 1995 to 1998. Evers-Williams fought for 30 years to bring her husband's assassin to justice.  

"I am humbled to have been asked to deliver the invocation for the 57th inauguration of the President of the United States--especially in light of this historical time in America when we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement," says Evers-Williams in a statement.  "It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing an era."

Inaugural organizers said the Rev. Louie Giglio of Atlanta's Passion City Church will deliver the benediction for Obama's swearing-in.

In a statement, President Obama says Evers-Williams and Giglio represent ideals of justice, equality and opportunity that he pursues.

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