NAACP gathers in Jackson to remember Medgar EversBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 16 May 2013 09:11pm |
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NAACP leaders from around the country are in Jackson this week. They are honoring the memory of the groups former Mississippi leader, Medgar Evers. It is part of the ongoing effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the civil rights icon.
Nearly 200 people filled the lawn and street in front of the Jackson home of civil rights icon Medgar Evers. The civil rights leader was Mississippi's first field representative for the NAACP. But during a wreath laying ceremony yesterday National NAACP president Benjamin Jealous told the crowd that a more accurate description for Evers might be field general.
"He was the man that led us on the most violent battlefield, surrounded by violent battlefields, with his full heart and ultimately acceptance that, thay may cost him his life; So I want to thank the Evers family on behalf of the NAACP for all you have given to our country, we are all better off because of you," said Jealous.
Myrlie Evers-Williams is a past president of the NAACP says she still remembers hearing the shot that killed her husband in their carport on June 12, 1963.
"Rushing to the door, I found this man who was strong enough to endure being shot in the back and his chest being blown away and all I could do was scream because the night before, we had talked about this very thing happening and I asked 'What else can I do to help?' he said, 'You're doing it all, just take care of my children.'" said Evers-Williams.
While his efforts to overturn segregation in Mississippi will forever be part of Medgar Evers lasting legacy, Evers-Williams says there are still many challenges ahead.
"It's a time to remember, it's a time to renew, it's a time to kep moving forward, it's a time to give women their just due and it's time for us all to join hands, rememberering not in anger but remember in doing the deeds that need to be done, not only to bring Mississippi forward, but the rest of this country," continued Evers-Williams.
The NAACP board meeting is in Jackson tomorrow. They are meeting in the capital city for the first time in 30 years. It chose the city because of the 50th anniversary of Evers assassination.
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