obama inauguration (barack & michelle)*(Washington, DC) – On Sunday, January 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C., a day prior to the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama, a diverse roster of gospel talent will trace the Civil Rights journey through song at the “Second Chances Inaugural Concert & Prayer Service” (SCIGCPS). The performers are: 2011 Stellar Award Female Vocalist of the Year, the dynamic Beverly Crawford, Earl Bynum & The Mount coming fresh off a tour in Italy, vocally versatile military veteran John Butler, the youthful Brandon Camphor and One Way, and returning from a hiatus on the national scene, Monique Walker Davenport will sing the classic “God of A Second Chance” and more.  Presented by Vote With Authority, the faith-based voter advocacy coalition, the event starts at 7:00 p.m.

Accessible to all, the SCIGCPS is uniquely  a party with a divine purpose aimed at bringing churches and people of faith together to pray, praise, acknowledge and applaud the faith-based electorate. The program will consist of prayers from clergy aimed at ushering in the new administration with a spiritual covering and spirit-filled performances, followed by a VIP meet and greet and reception (for deluxe ticket holders).

Throughout the socio-political challenges and waves of racial flux in America’s history faith, music and the Black Church have always been a source of inspiration, strength and guidance for African Americans and the Black Church has celebrated its own in times of peril or progress. It is in the spirit of this tradition that the SCIGCPS will stand tall as the only faith-based entertainment of the inauguration season that focuses solely on the political contributions of people of faith.

Additionally, as the inauguration pivots during a time of  momentous Civil Rights events, organizers have planned special tributes to reflect on the historical significance of  the 50th anniversary of the deadly bombings at 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963, the 150th anniversary of  Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the year 2013 marking the time the  landmark Voting Rights Act that protected Blacks for voter disenfranchisement will be challenged before the supreme court and the symbolic timing of the second swearing in of President Barack Obama on MLK Day.

An awards segment will complete the program.  In recognition of the life and legacy to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the “Mountain Climbers Award” will be presented to stalwarts of civil rights, organizations, and avid voting advocates that exemplify an outstanding commitment to freedom and equality on a grassroots or national level. Honorees are TBA.

Tickets are available for purchase by phone by calling 703-986-3464 or online at www.gospelinaugural.com starting at $25. Group rates are available to churches, large groups and civic organizations.

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