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Photo of Rev. Silvester Beaman giving the benediction during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. He wears a black jacket and sunglasses and extends his arms forward as he speaks from the podium; he is flanked by Biden and Harris.
January 20, 2021
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STH Alum Gives Inauguration Benediction

The 2021 US Presidential Inauguration was held January 20 under sunny skies, presaging a new beginning of hope and reconciliation for the United States of America. Rev. Silvester Beaman (STH’85), pastor of the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., a decades-long friend of President Joe Biden, gave the ceremony’s final benediction. Beaman prayed that Americans would “seek the good in all our neighbors…make friends of our enemies…become a beacon of life and goodwill to the world…” Photo by AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool