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Myrlie Evers-Williams: Medgar
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Medgar's Assassination
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Myrlie Evers-Williams Delivers Invocation for President Obama
Myrlie Evers-Williams Delivers Invocation for President Obama's Inauguration
Published: 2013/01/21
Channel: PBS NewsHour
To Be Determined: Myrlie Evers-Williams at TEDxBend
To Be Determined: Myrlie Evers-Williams at TEDxBend
Published: 2012/06/16
Channel: TEDx Talks
Slain Civil Rights Icon
Slain Civil Rights Icon's Widow Knew Tragedy Would Strike: Myrlie Evers Interview 2013
Published: 2013/06/12
Channel: ABC News
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Stories of Change
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Stories of Change
Published: 2010/12/22
Channel: tbdagency
Inauguration Day 2013: Myrlie Evers-Williams Delivers Inaugural Prayer
Inauguration Day 2013: Myrlie Evers-Williams Delivers Inaugural Prayer
Published: 2013/01/21
Channel: ABC News
Myrlie Evers-Williams CNR interview with Sunny Hostin
Myrlie Evers-Williams CNR interview with Sunny Hostin
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: The College of New Rochelle
Myrlie Evers-Williams and David Banner Support "1 Flag for All" Rally
Myrlie Evers-Williams and David Banner Support "1 Flag for All" Rally
Published: 2015/10/12
Channel: JSU-TV
Myrlie Evers:  "Times When the Anger Builds Up"
Myrlie Evers: "Times When the Anger Builds Up"
Published: 2013/06/11
Channel: Associated Press
Myrlie Evers-Williams on Politics Nation, Part 1  (TheObamaDiary.com)
Myrlie Evers-Williams on Politics Nation, Part 1 (TheObamaDiary.com)
Published: 2013/06/13
Channel: TheObamaDiary.com
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Being Harassed On My Walk to School
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Being Harassed On My Walk to School
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Dedication of Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities
Dedication of Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: UMMCnews
Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams on educating youth about the civil rights movement
Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams on educating youth about the civil rights movement
Published: 2013/04/24
Channel: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Marriage with Medgar
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Marriage with Medgar
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Myrlie Evers-Williams: The Trials
Myrlie Evers-Williams: The Trials
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Myrlie Evers-Williams at March on Washington Anniversary:
Myrlie Evers-Williams at March on Washington Anniversary: 'Freedom Is Not Free, We Must Work for It'
Published: 2013/08/28
Channel: ABC News
Myrlie Evers-Williams at Wagner College
Myrlie Evers-Williams at Wagner College
Published: 2013/05/24
Channel: Wagner College
Myrlie Evers-Williams Recalls the Murder of Medgar Evers
Myrlie Evers-Williams Recalls the Murder of Medgar Evers
Published: 2014/04/12
Channel: FaithNPolitics
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Meeting Medgar at College
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Meeting Medgar at College
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Journalist and Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams Speaks at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Journalist and Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams Speaks at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Published: 2013/08/28
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Medgar
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Medgar's Accomplishments
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Bloomsburg Speaker Series Presents: Myrlie Evers-Williams
Bloomsburg Speaker Series Presents: Myrlie Evers-Williams
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: Bloomsburg University Television
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Advice For Young African Americans
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Advice For Young African Americans
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Medgar Evers
Medgar Evers' Murder, 50 Years Later: Widow Myrlie Evers-Williams Remembers "A Man for All Time"
Published: 2013/06/12
Channel: Democracy Now!
Myrlie Evers-Williams: The Dangers of Getting People Registered to Vote
Myrlie Evers-Williams: The Dangers of Getting People Registered to Vote
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Myrlie Evers-Williams: "Jim Crow is alive......."
Myrlie Evers-Williams: "Jim Crow is alive......."
Published: 2013/06/13
Channel: TheObamaDiary.com
Myrlie Evers-Williams: My Family
Myrlie Evers-Williams: My Family
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Myrlie Evers-Williams on Politics Nation, Part 2 (TheObamaDiary.com)
Myrlie Evers-Williams on Politics Nation, Part 2 (TheObamaDiary.com)
Published: 2013/06/13
Channel: TheObamaDiary.com
2015 Commencement Myrlie Evers Williams
2015 Commencement Myrlie Evers Williams
Published: 2015/07/06
Channel: MedgarEversCollege
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Challenges While at the NAACP
Myrlie Evers-Williams: Challenges While at the NAACP
Published: 2010/03/17
Channel: visionaryproject
Myrlie Evers-Williams on future of civil rights movement
Myrlie Evers-Williams on future of civil rights movement
Published: 2013/11/18
Channel: Episcopal Church
Myrlie Evers-Williams speech at USNS Medgar Evers Ship Christening Ceremony San Diego CA
Myrlie Evers-Williams speech at USNS Medgar Evers Ship Christening Ceremony San Diego CA
Published: 2011/11/15
Channel: Ed Hendrickson
Myrlie Evers-Williams Says Give "The Help" A Chance - HipHollywood
Myrlie Evers-Williams Says Give "The Help" A Chance - HipHollywood
Published: 2011/09/14
Channel: HipHollywood
Myrlie Evers and her daughter, Rena, talkng about Medgar Evers
Myrlie Evers and her daughter, Rena, talkng about Medgar Evers's Assassination
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: Devery Anderson
Myrlie Evers Williams
Myrlie Evers Williams
Published: 2009/04/23
Channel: Douglas T. Green
CNR Honors Legendary Civil Rights Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams
CNR Honors Legendary Civil Rights Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: The College of New Rochelle
Watch Myrlie Evers-Williams Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW
Watch Myrlie Evers-Williams Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW
Published: 2013/08/24
Channel: PBS NewsHour
USA: MYRLIE EVERS-WILLIAMS IS NEW LEADER OF NAACP
USA: MYRLIE EVERS-WILLIAMS IS NEW LEADER OF NAACP
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
Myrlie Evers-Williams Gives The Inauguration Invocation
Myrlie Evers-Williams Gives The Inauguration Invocation
Published: 2013/01/22
Channel: naacpms
Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers invocation at 2013 America Healing Conference
Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers invocation at 2013 America Healing Conference
Published: 2013/04/24
Channel: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Myrlie Evers-Williams 2013 Commencement Speaker - Like - A
Myrlie Evers-Williams 2013 Commencement Speaker - Like - A
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Cam Like
Myrlie Evers-Williams Inaugural Invocation
Myrlie Evers-Williams Inaugural Invocation
Published: 2013/01/21
Channel: HBCU Digest
Nine Network | Eyes on the Prize "Myrlie Evers"
Nine Network | Eyes on the Prize "Myrlie Evers"
Published: 2016/04/15
Channel: Nine Network
Myrlie Evers-Williams on HOPE
Myrlie Evers-Williams on HOPE
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: rcampbell678
Myrlie Evers-Williams 2013 Commencement Speaker
Myrlie Evers-Williams 2013 Commencement Speaker
Published: 2013/05/13
Channel: Ole Miss News
Civil Rights Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Civil Rights Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams at 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Published: 2013/08/24
Channel: SuperVoters
Myrlie Evers-Williams gives the inaugural invocation
Myrlie Evers-Williams gives the inaugural invocation
Published: 2013/07/14
Channel: FastTheLatestNews
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Myrlie Evers-Williams
Published: 2012/03/09
Channel: Will Hall
Invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams [ Obama 2013 ]
Invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams [ Obama 2013 ]
Published: 2013/01/22
Channel: nathanielrmorales
The Death of Medger Evers- Myrlie Evers Testifies.
The Death of Medger Evers- Myrlie Evers Testifies.
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: Alexander Grimaldi
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Myrlie Evers-Williams
Myrlie Evers-Williams.jpg
Evers-Williams delivering remarks during the christening ceremony for US Navy ship Medgar Evers, 2011.
Born Myrlie Louise Beasley
(1933-03-17) March 17, 1933 (age 84)
Vicksburg, Mississippi U.S.
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Education Alcorn A&M College
Pomona College
Occupation Activist
Spouse(s)

Medgar Evers (m. 1951; d. 1963)
(3 children)

Walter Williams (m. 1976; d. 1995)


Myrlie Louise Evers–Williams (née Beasley; born March 17, 1933) is an American civil rights activist of the Civil Rights Movement and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the murder of her civil rights activist husband Medgar Evers in 1963. She was also chairwoman of the NAACP, and published several books on topics related to civil rights and her husband’s legacy. On January 21, 2013, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.

Early life[edit]

Evers was born Myrlie Louise Beasley on March 17, 1933, in her maternal grandmother’s home in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the daughter of James Van Dyke Beasley, a delivery man, and Mildred Washington Beasley, who was 16 years old.[1] Myrlie’s parents separated when she was just a year old; her mother left Vicksburg but decided that Myrlie was too young to travel with her. Since her maternal grandmother worked all day in service, leaving her no time to raise a child, Myrlie was raised by her paternal grandmother, Annie McCain Beasley, and an aunt, Myrlie Beasley Polk. Both women were respected school teachers and they inspired her to follow in their footsteps.[2] Myrlie attended the Magnolia school, took piano lessons, and performed songs, piano pieces or recited poetry at school, in church, and at local clubs.

Myrlie graduated from Magnolia High School (Bowman High School) in Vicksburg in 1950. During her years in high school, Myrlie was also a member of the Chansonettes, a girls’ vocal group from Mount Heroden Baptist Church in Vicksburg. In 1950, Myrlie enrolled at Alcorn A&M College, one of the few colleges in the state that accepted African American students, as an education major intending to minor in music.[1] Myrlie is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. An incident on her first day on campus altered her plans; Myrlie met and fell in love with Medgar Evers, a World War II veteran eight years her senior.[2] The couple married on Christmas Eve of 1951.[2] They later moved to Mound Bayou, and had three children, Darrell Kenyatta, Reena Denise, and James Van Dyke.[3] In Mound Bayou, Myrlie worked as a secretary at the Magnolia Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Life with Medgar[edit]

When Medgar Evers became the Mississippi field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1954, Myrlie worked alongside him.[1] Myrlie became his secretary and together they organized voter registration drives and civil rights demonstrations.[3] She assisted him as he strove to end the practice of racial segregation in schools and other public facilities and campaigned for voting rights as many African Americans were denied this right in the South.[1] For more than a decade, the Everses fought for voting rights, equal access to public accommodations, the desegregation of the University of Mississippi, and for equal rights in general for Mississippi's African American population. As prominent civil rights leaders in Mississippi, the Everses became high-profile targets for pro-segregationist violence and terrorism.[1] In 1962, their home in Jackson, Mississippi, was firebombed in reaction to an organized boycott of downtown Jackson’s white merchants.[2] The family had been threatened, and Evers targeted by the Ku Klux Klan.[4]

Later career[edit]

After Byron De La Beckwith's second trial in 1967, she moved with her children to Claremont, California, and emerged as a civil rights activist in her own right.[2] She earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Pomona College.[1] She spoke on behalf of the NAACP and in 1967 she co-wrote For Us, the Living, which chronicled her late husband's life and work.[1] She also made two unsuccessful bids for U.S. Congress.[3] From 1968 to 1970, Evers was the director of planning at the center for Educational Opportunity for the Claremont Colleges.[5]

Myrlie Evers-Williams at the Missouri Theatre in January 2015

From 1973 to 1975, Evers was the vice-president for advertising and publicity at the New York-based advertising firm, Seligman and Lapz.[6] In 1975, she moved to Los Angeles to become the national director for community affairs for the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). At ARCO she was responsible for developing and managing all the corporate programs. This included overseeing funding for community projects, outreach programs, public and private partnership programs and staff development. She helped secure money for many organizations such as the National Woman’s Educational Fund, and worked with a group that provided meals to the poor and homeless.

NAACP honors[edit]

Myrlie Evers-Williams continued to explore ways to serve her community and to work with the NAACP. Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley appointed her to the Board of Public Works as a commissioner in 1987.[2] Evers-Williams was the first black woman to serve as a commissioner on the board, a position she held for 8 years. Evers-Williams also joined the board of the NAACP. By the mid-1990s, the prestigious organization was going through a difficult period marked by scandal and economic problems. Evers-Williams decided that the best way to help the organization was to run for chairperson of the board of directors.[3] She won the position in 1995, just after her second husband’s death due to prostate cancer. As chairperson of the NAACP, Evers-Williams worked to restore the tarnished image of the organization. She also helped improve its financial status, raising enough funds to eliminate its debt.[3] Evers-Williams received many honors for her work, including being named Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine.[3] With the organization financially stable, she decided to not seek re-election as chairperson in 1998.[3] In that same year, she was awarded the NAACP's Spingarn Medal.[7]

Other honors[edit]

In 2017 the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House was named as a National Historic Landmark.[8]

Accomplishments[edit]

After leaving her post as chairwoman of the NAACP, Evers-Williams established the Medgar Evers Institute in Jackson, Mississippi,[3] She also wrote her autobiography, titled Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be (1999).[1][9] She also served as editor on The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches (2005).[3]

In 2009, Evers-Williams received the National Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.[10]

Ebony magazine named Evers-Williams as one of the "100 Most Fascinating Black Women of the 20th Century." She has received seven honorary doctorates.[11]

In February 2012, Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi announced that Evers-Williams would be serving as a distinguished scholar-in-residence.[12][13]

Evers-Williams delivering the invocation at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

On January 21, 2013, Evers-Williams delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.[14] She was the first woman and the first layperson to deliver the invocation at a presidential inauguration.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1976, Evers married Walter Williams, a longshoreman and civil rights and union activist who had studied Evers and his work.[2] They moved to Bend, Oregon in 1989. Williams died in 1995.[16]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Office Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1970 U.S House of Representatives
District 24 (special election)
Myrlie Evers 29,248 31.8% John H. Rousselot 62,749 68.2%
1970 U.S House of Representatives
District 24 (general election)
Myrlie Evers 61,777 32.4% John H. Rousselot 124,07 65.1%

Popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Padgett, John. "MWP: Myrlie Evers-Williams". University of Mississippi. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Goldsworthy, Joan. "Gale - Free Resources - Black History - Biographies - Myrlie Evers-Williams". Gale. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Myrlie Evers-Williams Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com". Famous Biographies & TV Shows - Biography.com. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Davis, Merlene. "Merlene Davis: Myrlie Evers-Williams doesn't want us to forget". Kentucky.com. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Jessie Carney Smith; VNR Verlag für die Deutsche Wirtschaft (1996). Notable Black American Women: book II. books.google.com. p. 208. ISBN 978-0810391772. 
  6. ^ University of Virginia (June 24, 2013). "Speakers and Guests Bios". virginia.edu. 
  7. ^ NAACP Spingarn Medal.
  8. ^ "Interior Department Announces 24 New National Historic Landmarks | U.S. Department of the Interior". Doi.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-14. 
  9. ^ Melinda Blau (Director) (February 15, 1999). "A life of victories and hardshipst: 'Watch Me Fly'". First Chapters. CNN. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ Dake, Lauren (October 26, 2009). "Civil rights leader to be honored; Myrlie Evers-Williams, who makes a home in Bend, 'never gave up'". The Bulletin. Bend, OR. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Myrlie Evers-Williams: Visionary Videos". National Visionary Leadership Project: African American History. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mitchell, Jerry (February 1, 2012). "Myrlie Evers-Williams is coming home to Mississippi". Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Bend resident Myrlie Evers-Williams gets historic invite: Widow of slain civil rights leader to give inaugural invocation". KTVZ.com, Central Oregon's News Leader. January 9, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ Debbie Elliott (January 21, 2013). "Myrlie Evers-Williams To Deliver Inaugural Invocation". npr.org. 
  15. ^ Deborah Barfield Berry, "Evers-Williams pays homage to 'those who came before'", USA Today, January 21, 2013. Accessed January 24, 2013.
  16. ^ "Myrlie Evers-Williams returns to Mississippi as more than a civil rights widow", Washington Post, June 4, 2013.

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