Bibles Used by MLK, Lincoln Chosen for Obama Inauguration

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Bibles used by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Abraham Lincoln have been selected for President Barack Obama’s public swearing-in, the President Inaugural Committee announced on today.

“We know our father would be deeply moved to see President Obama take the Oath of Office using his bible,” said Dr. King’s children in a release sent out by the committee.

King’s “traveling bible” and the bible used by Lincoln for his first inauguration will be used for the Jan. 21 ceremony, which falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.

The bible given as a gift from first lady Michelle Obama’s father to her mother will be used during the private official ceremony on Jan. 20.

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