The Presidential Inaugural Committee has announced that President Barack Obama will use three notable bibles during his swearing-in ceremonies:
• On Sunday, Jan. 20, Obama will take the oath of office using the Robinson Family Bible. The bible was a gift from the first lady's father, Fraser Robinson III, to his mother, LaVaughn Delores Robinson on Mother's Day in 1958.
• On Monday, Jan. 21, also Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Obama will take the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol using two bibles: the bible used by President Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration and a bible used by Dr. King.
This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of the passing of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
Other notable announcements from the PIC about the inauguration:
• Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP and widow of Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation at the inauguration.
• Obama and the first lady announced a call to action for all Americans to join together in a National Day of Service on Saturday, Jan. 19 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.
• Beyoncé will sing the National Anthem at the inauguration.
• Grambling State University will perform and represent HBCUs in the inauguration parade.
For more information on President Obama's Inauguration visit www.2013pic.org.