NAACP Honors Medgar Evers

Thursday, May 16th, the NAACP held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Medgar Evers Home Museum in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ assassination. The ceremony took  place in Jackson, Mississippi and was planned to coincide with the NAACP National Board Meeting.  NAACP Chairman Emeritus Myrlie Evers Williams spoke along with NAACP leadership including National Board Chairman Roslyn Brock, President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous and Mississippi State Conference President Derrick Johnson.

Mr. Evers served as the Field Secretary for the Mississippi NAACP, and his assassination at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan helped stoke opposition against state-sponsored segregation in the South.

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock spoke about Medgar Evers’ unwavering commitment to civil rights: 

"We honor Medgar Evers and the sacrifice he made to advance civil rights--even knowing how dangerous his work was, he was willing to risk his life in the name of social justice. Fifty years later, there is no better way to celebrate his life than to return to the town where he lived, worked and changed the world."

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