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President-elect Biden may not have a large crowd in his inauguration limiting the coronavirus, but he will not lack stellar power.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced Thursday that pop star Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez will perform at next week’s congressional ceremony.
Other attendees include Father Leo J.O’Donovan, a Jesuit priest and former Chancellor of Georgetown University who will lead the intercession, and Andrea Hall, the first black woman to be named. Captain with South Fulton Fire and Rescue in Georgia, who will lead the pledge.
There will also be poetry readings by Amanda Gordon, the first National Youth Poet Award winner. Rev. Sylvester B. Man, Pastor of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington, Delaware will carry the penalty.
In the announcement, CEO of the First Board of Directors Tony Allen said that the participants “It shows a clear picture of the great diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the long tradition of inauguration as President – Select Biden and the receiving Vice President. Harris is sworn in on the Western Front of the US Capitol. “
The announcement stated that Lady Gaga “Working closely with President-elect Biden’s ‘It’s On Us’ campaign to deal with sexual harassment on college campuses” during the administration of Obama-Biden and Lopez and her partner, a former baseball player. Alex Rodriguez “has frankly been open about the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on Latinos and the need to quarantine the virus, rebuild the economy and unite the country.”
Allen said the group also pledged to the elected president and the vice president. “An unwavering vision of a new chapter in our American story, in which we are united states of America in overcoming the divisions and challenges our people face. Country and restore the spirit of our nation “
The ceremony will take place Jan. 20 on the Western Front of the US Capitol. It will be just two weeks after government agencies have been ransacked by Trump supporters who have tried to stop the college polling count showing Biden and Harris won the election.
The US Capitol and the opposing Supreme Court are now surrounded by non-scalable fences, with troops stationed in and around the building.Trump became the first president to be indicted twice on Wednesday. As his actions led to violence on January 6.
Participation in the opening ceremony will be limited, with members of Congress receiving only one ticket due to the coronavirus. Local government leaders have also urged residents not to come to Washington that day because of the violent threats following the attack on the Capitol last week.