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Medgar Evers Statue Unveiled at Alcorn State University

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 14 Jun 2013 07:47am | comments
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A 13-foot tall bronze statue now stands on the campus of Alcorn State University in honor of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers. The statue was unveiled 50 years after he was gunned down in the drive-way of his Jackson home.

 

A crowd of several hundred people react to Evers' widow Myrlie Evers-Williams removing the purple covering to reveal the statue of Medgar Evers.

 

People traveled from around from around the country to witness the unveiling of the statue.

 

Mrylie Evers-Williams told the crowd that the statue will help bring the more recognition to Evers' life and work.

 

"I followed not to make a change in America but to make a change in my heart. And hopefully for those that I came into contact with that they would know about Medgar. His essence. And just a little bit of who he was will filtrate into their hearts and into their minds," Evers-Williams said.

 

The statue stands with a book in his left hand and his right hand slightly raised and pointed toward Jackson where he was killed.

 

The black granite base of the statue includes historical information and quotes from Evers.

 

The sculptor Ed Dwight, who designed the Martin Luther King Jr. monument, says his goal was to build a statue that would inspire students on the campus.

 

"It is not just looking at the sculptor. But look around the base of it there is a lot of words that describe what he did. But read between the words. Read between the lines and figure out what all that stuff means. And figure out how you can integrate that into your life," Dwight said.

 

The event drew high profile African-Americans including Reverend Jesse Jackson, television host Tavis Smiley, and singer Tremaine Hawkins....

 

Alcorn State Junior De'Von Smith says he is proud that the school is highlighting the work of Evers, who graduated from Alcorn in 1952.

 

"I think that it is a great thing that the school has decided to honor this man because he really paved the way for young guys like me to show that we can really stay focused and we should always try to fight for equality in the world," Smith said.

 

The school is also starting the Medgar Evers Torch of Justice Award, which will be an annual recognition of people advocating justice and freedom.

 

Myrlie Evers-Williams was the recipient of the inaugural Torch of Justice award.

 

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