Evers-Williams, Rev. Giglio on Inaugural Program

1/8/2013, 1:43 p.m.

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Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, and the Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta, have been selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to deliver the invocation and benediction at the Monday, Jan. 21 Inaugural swearing-in ceremony of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama, who was also involved in the selection of program's participants, said he and Biden are honored by the selections.

"Their voices have inspired many people across this great nation within the faith community and beyond," the president said of Evers-Williams and Giglio. "Their careers reflect the ideals that the vice president and I continue to pursue for all Americans - justice, equality, and opportunity."

Evers-Williams, a noted author and civil rights activist who eventually remarried after her husband death's in 1963, said she was 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," Myrlie Evers-Williams said. "It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing that era."

Giglio, founder of the Passion Movement, also said it was a privilege to be part of the inaugural program.

"During these days, it is essential for our nation to stand together as one. And, as always, it is the right time to humble ourselves before our Maker," Giglio said. " May we all look up to our God, from whom we can receive mercy, grace and truth to strengthen our lives, our families and our nation."

Historically, inaugural ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because courts and other public institutions are not open. This year, in accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, Obama and Biden will officially be sworn in on Sunday, Jan. 20. The following day, Monday, Jan. 21, a ceremonial swearing-in that is open to the public will take place on the steps of the United States Capitol.