(VIDEO) Myrlie Evers marks 50th anniversary of husband Medgar Evers murder

June 11, 2013

Politics

Evers-Williams speaks at the 2011 dedication of the USNS Medgar Evers. (U.S. Navy photo)

Evers-Williams speaks at the 2011 dedication of the USNS Medgar Evers. (U.S. Navy photo)

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams talks with the Associated Press about her memories of his death, her missed opportunity to speak at the famous Martin Luther King Jr. March On Washington and her invitation in January to offer the invocation at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

On June 12, 1963, local NAACP official Medgar Evers was gunned down in his Jackson driveway by a hidden sniper while his family slept inside.

After escaping two all-white hung juries, Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in 1994 of killing Evers by the Hinds County District Attorney’s office.

Myrlie Evers moved her family to California, earned a college degree and remarried in 1976. She ran for Congress twice and was elected national chairwoman of the NAACP in 1995. She is currently a scholar-in-residence at Alcorn State University in Lorman.

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