Myrlie Evers-Williams to Deliver Inaugural Invocation

Myrlie Evers-Williiams will deliver the invocation for President Barack Obama's second inauguration. She is the first woman and non-clergy member to deliver a president's inaugural invocation.

Her selection comes 50 years after the assassination of her husband, Medgar Evers--who was gunned downed by a white supremacist in the driveway of their Mississippi home. He was the first Field Secretary of the NAACP. Evers-Williams went on to become the founder of the Medgar Evers Institute in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Evers-Williams shares her sentiments on this historical moment:

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. It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing that era.

Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors, commends the President:

Myrlie Evers-Williams embodies the essence of the civil rights movement and the struggle toward the more perfect union our Constitution envisions. We are thrilled she has received this honor and applaud President Obama for his inspirational selection.

President and CEO, Benjamin Todd Jealous affirms the magnitude of this moment for history and current civil rights movement:

Myrlie Evers-Williams is a heroine. She represents the best qualities of the American people and the transformative possibilities of American democracy. Her selection for this sacred task will serve as a reminder to our nation that civil rights must remain at the forefront of our society.

Currently, Evers-WIlliams serves as a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University.

The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States will be held January 21 in Washington, DC. This is also the national observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.