JACKSON – The Mississippi Legislature is honoring the wife of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers for her contributions to civil rights and race relations.
“Myrlie Evers-Williams saw the Civil Rights Movement as a Christian movement teaching love, liberation and equality for all under the law, and it is appropriate that we acknowledge the contributions and commitment of this nationally known leader, according to a resolution passed by both chambers earlier this month.
The resolution acknowledges the constant threats the Evers family lived under while fighting for voter registration, economic advancement and other issues. It also acknowledges her accomplishments in publishing and business.
Evers was Mississippi field secretary of the NAACP when he was assassinated outside his Jackson home in 1963.
“Medgar often said, and in times I questioned him, Mississippi will be the best place to live in America once we solved our racial problems,” said Evers-Williams. She said that she loves the state as well, but there is still work to be done on race relations.
Her brother-in-law, Charles Evers, thanked his white allies in the civil rights movement.
“Today Mississippi is further ahead on racial relations than any other state in the nation,” he said. Charles Evers was elected mayor of Fayette in 1969.
Sen. John Horhn, a Democrat from Jackson, said the Evers family’s story is one of “uncommon leadership and trial.” Horhn was the principal author of the bill.
“Their achievements do not represent an achievement just for them, but for every man, woman and child,” he said.
The Evers family was joined at the Senate podium by a group of black and white senators and received a standing ovation from the chamber.
The bill is Senate Concurrent Resolution 648.
The Associated Press