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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:47 AM

Widow of Medgar Evers to deliver invocation at Obama inauguration

Source: Washington Post

President Obama has picked Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in later this month. It is believed to be the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be America’s most prominent public prayer.

The inaugural committee Tuesday plans to announce that the benediction will be given by conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion Conferences, which draw tens of thousands of people to events around the world.

The contrasting choice of speakers are typical of a president who has walked a sometimes complicated path when it comes to religion — working to be inclusive to the point that critics at times have questioned his faith.

In a statement released by the inaugural committee, the president said the careers of Evers-Williams and Giglio “reflect the ideals that the Vice President and I continue to pursue for all Americans - justice, equality and opportunity.”

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/inauguration/medgar-evers-widow-to-deliver-invocation-at-obama-inauguration/2013/01/07/293904e2-592e-11e2-88d0-c4cf65c3ad15_story.html

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Reply Widow of Medgar Evers to deliver invocation at Obama inauguration (Original post)
NYC Liberal Jan 2013 OP
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #1
Tempest Jan 2013 #3
BumRushDaShow Jan 2013 #2
CurtEastPoint Jan 2013 #4
msanthrope Jan 2013 #17
catbyte Jan 2013 #5
BVictor1 Jan 2013 #6
Coyotl Jan 2013 #7
LanternWaste Jan 2013 #22
Coyotl Jan 2013 #24
OccupyManny Jan 2013 #8
Joe Bacon Jan 2013 #9
mountain grammy Jan 2013 #10
longship Jan 2013 #11
MotherPetrie Jan 2013 #29
freshwest Jan 2013 #12
NBachers Jan 2013 #13
hamsterjill Jan 2013 #14
bemildred Jan 2013 #15
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #16
watrwefitinfor Jan 2013 #18
tgnyc Jan 2013 #19
Cha Jan 2013 #26
bluestateguy Jan 2013 #20
madrchsod Jan 2013 #21
DavidDvorkin Jan 2013 #23
Cha Jan 2013 #25
Bucky Jan 2013 #27
BigDemVoter Jan 2013 #28

Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:03 AM

1. This is outstanding news.

K/R

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:12 AM

3. +10,000 n/t

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:11 AM

2. K&R

A brave woman.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:13 AM

4. A great choice. Now, 4 years ago we had Prick Warren. Why was that?

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:45 PM

17. Re-election 2012. Now Obama's the Honey Badger. nt

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:15 AM

5. YAY! No crappy Rick Warren or any other megachurch grifter.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:18 AM

6. A milestone moment.

 

Because of the work done by her first husband and Mrs. Evers herself, is one of the reasons that we have a President Obama.

It kind of makes me want to watch 'Ghost of Mississippi' again.

Much blood has been shed by those fighting for Civil Rights to reach this moment.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:28 AM

7. Now, to see if reality is invoked instead of metaphysical beings.

It would be great to hear invocations to our proudest and most eloquent expressions of the American ideal of a future in a promised land of freedom, justice, and equality for all, where humanity lives as the one family we are.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:43 PM

22. Which are also mere expressions on those constructs which exist

"The American ideal of a future in a promised land of freedom, justice, and equality for all, where humanity..."

Which are also mere expressions of those constructs which exist no where but our own imaginations, and not in fact, part and parcel of reality-- but merely more metaphysical interpretations of it...

But I do realize many imaginary constructs are held as more concrete than others.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #22)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:03 PM

24. The Civil Rights Act is real, has real consequences, for example

and imagination led to it, no doubt. It exists outside of imagination today.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:39 AM

8. A proud moment

For all Americans. We need to work to eliminate term limits for this president who is one of the best ever. He saved our country.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:49 AM

9. Good! No Pulpit Pimps.

I fully expect to see those TV pulpit pimp parasites throw yet another fit. And I could care less about those crooks.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:01 AM

10. I can't think of a better choice to honor a fallen hero

than to have his equally heroic widow pray for our President and our country. God know we need it.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:30 AM

11. It's an inauguration, not a damned church service.

The presidency is not some high priesthood.

Why do they have to have prayer?

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Response to longship (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:17 PM

29. I have always wondered that. It's very exclusionary to non-Christians.

 

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:41 AM

12. Full circle for me, It was his death that catapulted me into the urgency for change. The murder of

Medgar Evers was the first of so many deaths of those working to bring this country forward.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:59 AM

13. the No God Hot Rods are as staunchly dependable as the gunners

flame away, dudes

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:24 AM

14. I like this choice!

n/t

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:34 PM

15. Awesome. nt

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:40 PM

16. If we must have one...

at least have a good person doing it.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:21 PM

18. Myrlie is an inspired and inspiring choice,

at this time. For many reasons.

But mostly because the civil right that was central to Medgar's struggle and death was the right to vote.

Perhaps POTUS is sending a quiet message.

Wat

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Response to watrwefitinfor (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:46 PM

19. Also, he was murdered by cowards at a distance -- by a GUN.

An especially poignant connection to current events

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Response to watrwefitinfor (Reply #18)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:29 PM

26. "The Right To Vote" .. it's an awesome message of historical

proportions.

On Martin Luthur King Day

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:34 PM

20. This is an excellent choice

I'm pleased that the president has learned his lesson and will not repeat the insulting selection of Rick Warren.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:39 PM

21. great pick and.....

the wacky right wing will go fuck`n crazy!

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:58 PM

23. Far better would be no invocation at all.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:23 PM

25. On Martin Luthur King Day, too! Good for Pres Obama and VP Biden!


"Myrlie Evers-Williams and her children, Reena, Van and Darrell, photographed shortly after her husband (and their father), Medgar Evers, was assassinated in 1963. Fifty years later she will deliver the invocation for the inauguration of the President of the United States.

“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.” (NBC)
http://theobamadiary.com/

On Giglio

The invocation comes at the start of the inaugural ceremony, and the benediction comes at the end. An inaugural official said Giglio was picked for the benediction in part because of his work raising awareness about modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Those were core issues at his most recent conference, Passion 2013, attended by more than 60,000 mostly young evangelicals in Atlanta.

“During these days it is essential for our nation to stand together as one,” Giglio said in a statement. “And, as always, it is the right time to humble ourselves before our Maker.”


Thank you, NYC Liberal

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:30 PM

27. I was looking forward to that Saddleback dude praying up the joint again.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:52 PM

28. At least it won't be that bitch boy, Franklin Graham!

Mrs. Evers rocks!

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