The biggest party in D.C. is a week away, and while people are no doubt excited to hear President Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech at this year’s presidential inauguration, there’s also the question of who is attending the heralded event on January 21st. Here, NewsOne provides you the details!
From what we do know, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson are a lock for providing the inaugural ceremony with entertainment flair. They’ll also receive support on that front from Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher, Stevie Wonder, and plenty more singers. Oh, and let’s not forget the Glee cast members. Monday’s Inaugural Balls will also feature performances from Hip-Hop group Black Violin, Chris Cornell, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Marc Anthony, and Mana.
Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco will serve as the 2013 inaugural poet, ready to set the crowd ablaze with works exploring his background as a gay Hispanic man.
Myrlie-Evers Williams, the widow of Civil Rights legend Medgar Evers, will administer the official invocation. In choosing Williams, Obama breaks with 200+ years of men traditionally delivering the prayer. It will also mark the first time a non-clergy person has been selected for the role.
Seven students from D.C.’s East Stroudsburg University will be attending the Washington Center Presidential Inauguration Seminar, which will grant them access to exclusive site visits around the capital, presentations by political speakers, and special events. While they won’t be attending the inauguration, the students hope to catch a glimpse of the President during the 10-day seminar.