NAACP Applauds President Obama for Selecting Myrlie Evers-Williams to Deliver Invocation

(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP applauds President Obama for choosing civil rights icon and NAACP Chairman Emeritus Myrlie Evers-Williams to deliver his invocation during his inauguration on January 21st.

“Myrlie Evers-Williams embodies the essence of the civil rights movement and the struggle toward the more perfect union our Constitution envisions,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, the current chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  “We are thrilled she has received this honor and applaud President Obama for his inspirational selection.”

“Myrlie Evers-Williams is a heroine,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “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.”

Evers-Williams is a highly respected civil rights icon who served as chairman of the NAACP from 1995-1998.  Evers-Williams is also the widow of Medgar Evers, who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1963 while serving as the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi.  She went on to become the founder of the Medgar Evers Institute in Jackson, Miss and currently serves as a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University. 

"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,” Myrlie Evers-Williams said today. “It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing that era."

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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