Obama Pushes Diversity and Unity in His Second Inauguration
But the opening acts really stole the show, with a lineup that exemplified the inclusion diversity -- of gender, race and sexual orientation -- that was key to winning this second term. Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Civil Rights leader Medgar Evans and former head of the NAACP, became the first woman and first African-American to give an invocation at a presidential Inauguration, although she did make a minor flub, calling President Obama the 45th President (even though he was elected to a second term, he is still the 44th President).
If we ever decide to elect Invocation-givers for inaugurations, I hereby cast my vote forever for Myrlie Evers-Williams.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) January 21, 2013
When I think of voice of God, it's gonna sound like Ms. Evers-Williams. #Inaug2013— Andrea Plaid (@AndreaPlaid) January 21, 2013
Myrlie Evers saw her husband martyred, lives to call down blessing on"a nation of un-born hopes...to a more perfect union."— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) January 21, 2013
Let me just say that you can tell Myrlie Evers-Williams is a strong woman just by the way she speaks... Her voice and message was powerful— Allison(@Miss_AW) January 21, 2013
The Brooklyn Tabernacle choir brought down the house with their rendition of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", overshadowing superstars who would perform after them, such as James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson, and Beyonce.
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir is signing the BattleHymn of the Republic. HmmThe Mormon Tabernacle Choir almost had that gig huh? #inaug2013— Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt (@JenebaSpeaks) January 21, 2013
I would actually rather see that Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performance twice than James Taylor once. #Inaug2013— Genie Gratto (@egratto) January 21, 2013
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