Wilberforce grad to give benediction in Biden’s inauguration

Rev. Silvester Beaman, a Wilberforce University graduate and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was asked to deliver the benediction during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration earlier in January. Photo courtesy of Wilberforce University.
Rev. Silvester Beaman, a Wilberforce University graduate and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was asked to deliver the benediction during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration earlier in January. Photo courtesy of Wilberforce University.

A graduate from Wilberforce University will deliver the benediction during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

Rev. Silvester Beaman has been a pastor at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware, for more than 25 years. The Niagara Falls, New York, native is a confidant of and spiritual adviser to the family and was good friends with Biden’s deceased son Beau.

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Beaman prayed with Beau Biden before he was deployed overseas in the Army and during his fight against brain cancer.

Beaman said the President-elect helped him navigate the political arena in Wilmington, Delaware, when he first began his pastoral duties at Bethel AME in 1993, according to the university.

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Biden asked Beaman to say the prayer during his inauguration earlier this month.

Beaman said the benediction will focus on diversity, inclusion and healing the country, according to the university.

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