Four years ago it was Joe Lowery. This time, Myrlie Evers-Williams will deliver the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration. Both Lowrey and Evers-Williams are well known figures in the civil rights community. Lowery was the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Ralph David Abernathy.
The Inauguration Committee provided a biography for Evers-Williams:
Myrlie Evers-Williams served as the chair of the NAACP from 1995 to 1998. The widow of Medgar Evers – the NAACP’s Mississippi Field Secretary who in 1963 was gunned down in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Mississippi – she fought for 30 years to bring his assassin to justice, and preserves his legacy through the Medgar Evers Institute. An author of three books about their civil rights’ work, she currently serves as a distinguished scholar at Alcorn University in Lorman, Mississippi. Evers-Williams became the first black woman to head the Southern California Democratic Women’s Division. She has received 16 honorary degrees from leading colleges and universities in addition to numerous civil rights, human rights and community awards.