Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who was assaassinated outside their home in 1963, gave the prayer opening the inauguration.
In the invocation (a video here in full), Evers-Williams said, "May the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of every woman, man, boy and girl be honored. May all your people, especially the least of these, flourish in our blessed nation."
She also said that in times of oppression and despair, "we ask for your guidance toward the light of deliverance and that the vision of those who came before us, and dreamed of this day, that we recognize that their visions still inspire us. They are a great cloud of witnesses, unseen by the naked eye, but all around us thankful that their living was not in vain. For every mountain, you gave us the strength to climb. Your grace is pleaded to continue that climb, for America and the world.”