The NY Times reports:
When President Obama takes the public oath of office on Monday, Jan. 21 – the federal holiday commemorating the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – he will use a Bible that belonged to the slain civil rights leader.
The president’s inaugural planners will announce Thursday morning that the Bible, a leather-bound book that was given to Dr. King in 1954 and contains some of his handwritten inscriptions, is one of two Bibles that Mr. Obama will use for his public swearing-in.
The other is a Bible that belonged to Abraham Lincoln, which Mr. Obama also used during his 2009 swearing-in. The Lincoln Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with gilded edges, is part of the collections of the Library of Congress and was originally purchased by the clerk of the Supreme Court for his swearing-in on March 4, 1861.