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(RNS) Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, will be the first laywoman to give an invocation at a presidential inauguration when she prays at President Obama’s swearing-in on Jan. 21. By Adelle M. Banks.


  1. Wonderful! This is really, really wonderful. I am so happy that she will be giving the invocation. God bless her. A very discerning and blessed choice.

  2. We live in a secular nation, maybe we shouldn’t be having prayers to deities at all on these government functions. 19% of the nation have no religious affiliation. I think when we have prayers as part of government functions, it is kind of a slap in our face. I have a great deal of respect for Myrlie Evers-Williams, but I hope she chooses to keep religion out of her speech.

    • To the best of my knowledge, this country was founded on freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.

  3. Thank you for hi-lighting this detail of such a momentous occasion. She exhibited such grace and humility in her views of her participation. I am sure God will use her to enlighten and uplift our spirits.

  4. We are so Proud of Ms. Evers-Williams. This is truly her season. Dec. 14th and 15th was her lifetime dream to sing at Carnegi Hall and now the Invocation and the Inaugration of of the President. What more can you ask for. We just love her.

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