Obama’s inaugural committee has announced that the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson will deliver the invocation to open festivities for inauguration week in Washington. The event is a Sunday afternoon event at the Lincoln Memorial prior to the inauguration itself, and the prez elect is expected to attend, according to the official press release.
Robinson is the openly gay man elected bishop to the episcopal church in New Hampshire, this back in 2003. Obama stated that Robinson’s participation is a sign of his commitment to have an open and inclusive administration.
Headlining the free event will be Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Usher, Wil I Am, Bono, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, and Heather Headley, just to name a few of those scheduled to perform.
For those who can’t make it to the Lincoln Memorial, HBO will televise the event.