Pres. Obama to Use Martin Luther King Bible for Inauguration Ceremony Jan. 21

(Jan. 16) President Barack Obama will use the traveling Bible of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he takes the oath of office on Jan. 21 for his second term as president of the United States. In addition to the MLK Bible, the president will also use the Bible that Abraham Lincoln used in his 1861 inauguration. King's "traveling Bible" will be placed on top of the more elaborate velvet and gilded Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his 1861 inauguration. Obama used the Lincoln Bible in 2009.
King would have been "deeply moved" by having Obama use his Bible, the King family said in a statement.
     "With the Inauguration less than two weeks away, we join Americans across the country in embracing this opportunity to celebrate how far we have come, honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through service, and rededicate ourselves to the work ahead," the family said.
Presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon all used two Bibles at their inaugurations.
     Obama has broken with tradition by inviting Myrlie Evers-Williams, whose first husband, Medger Evers, was assassinated in 1963, to give the invocation. She will be the first woman and the first person not a member of the clergy to do so.

Source: UPI
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