First Lady Michelle Obama Was Among the Thousands Who Attended Gwen Ifill’s Funeral

Funeral of Gwen Ifill at Metropolitan A.M.E. church in Washington D.C. (Nov 19, 2016)
Funeral of Gwen Ifill at Metropolitan A.M.E. church in Washington D.C. (Nov 19, 2016)

First lady Michelle Obama was among the thousands of mourners gathered at Metropolitan AME church in Washington, DC Saturday to bid farewell to Gwen Ifill.

The longtime journalist and co-anchor of “PBS NewsHour” died last Monday following a secret battle with endometrial cancer. She was 61.

Also attending the service was former Attorney General Eric Holder, who read a message from President Obama.

Holder compared Ifill to “a comet” and challenged Ifill’s colleagues to honor her legacy by holding those in power accountable.

“Will you cower? Will you normalize that which is anything but?” Holder asked, appearing to reference President-elect Donald Trump. HuffPost says the line “brought knowing applause from the savvy D.C. crowd and sheepish nods from the famous reporters in the church.”

“We didn’t look like other anchor pairs — and we loved that,” said Ifill’s co-anchor Judy Woodruff in her eulogy. The pair was the first all-woman anchor team on network TV. She added that Ifill is needed now “more than ever.”

“Never have we faced tougher challenges, and no one would’ve risen to them better,” she said. Ifill, she added, will “be our compass.”

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SOURCE: EUR Web