January 14, 2021
WASHINGTON — Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced additional programming in advance of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20. The PIC will host two additional events that reflect the theme of the inauguration, America United, and provide an opportunity to come together virtually as we begin a new national journey that unifies the American people and restores the soul of the nation. This programming will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together in the days leading up to the inauguration.
- On Saturday, January 16, the PIC will host America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers
- On Monday, January 18, the PIC will host United We Serve: A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service.
These events will celebrate Americans from all walks of life, honor our commitment to community service, and engage Americans safely, featuring musical performances, appearances from popular leaders and celebrities, stories from inspiring Americans, and more.
“This year’s inauguration will look different amid the pandemic, so we’re committed to providing dynamic programming that will engage more Americans than ever before, all from the safety of their homes. With the help of popular musicians and artists, rising stars, national, state and local leaders, and every day Americans, we’re going to celebrate our diversity, honor those who are committed to service, and reflect on our history. We will come together as one nation, America united,” said PIC CEO and President of Delaware State University, Tony Allen.
Below are additional details regarding these inaugural events:
- America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers: On Saturday, January 16, the PIC will host a welcome event to celebrate America, reflect and honor our history, and highlight the incredible diversity of the nation. Featuring musical performances, celebrity appearances, and remarks from some of the most popular leaders from across the country, the event will kick off five days of programming leading into the inauguration. Confirmed participants include actress Whoopi Goldberg, actor Nik Dodani, comedienne and actress Cristela Alonzo, actor and musician Darren Criss, Representative Grace Meng, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Resistance Revival Choir, featuring a special performance by the Grammy-nominated Black Pumas, and more. The event will stream live on Saturday, January 16, from 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.
- United We Serve: A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service: On Monday, January 18, 2021, thousands of volunteers across the country will participate in the National Day of Service – an opportunity for all Americans to unite and serve at a time when the global pandemic calls on us to work together and support our communities. The day will culminate in an hour-long celebration that will feature a diverse array of entertainers, inspiring speakers, and stories celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to service. Confirmed participants include Aloe Blacc, Rev. Dr. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Chesca, Rep. Sharice Davids, Rosario Dawson, Andra Day, Yo-Yo Ma, Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean Patrick Thomas, Diane Warren, Lynn Whitfield, Bebe Winans, and more. The event will stream live on Monday, January 18 from 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.
Over the course of five days of programming, “America United” activities will honor inaugural traditions while safely allowing more Americans than ever before to participate from their own homes. These activities include, “United We Serve,” a National Day of Service on January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a nationwide COVID-19 Memorial to Lives Lost on January 19; and the official Inaugural Ceremonies, a wreath laying on Arlington National Cemetery, a “Parade Across America,” and a “Celebrating America” primetime program on January 20. The PIC will also install an extensive public art display — a “Field of Flags,” which will cover the National Mall up to 13th Street — to represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC.
Additional details about these and other inaugural activities will be released in the coming days. For the latest updates on inaugural programming and activities, visit bideninaugural.org.