6/18/2014 6:00:00 AM Widow of Medgar Evers to speak here Saturday
By CONOR BELL
The widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers is slated to speak at a unity program here on Saturday as part of the 50th Commemoration for three civil rights workers murdered here in 1964.
Myrlie Evers-Williams along with U.S. Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels will keynote Saturday's program in the Neshoba County Coliseum beginning at 4 p.m. NAACP President Leroy Clemons will serve as master of ceremonies.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, a unity march and community prayer service will begin at the Neshoba County Courthouse. Words of encouragement will be given by the Rev. Steve Mosley.
Daily civil rights tours are still being given as part of the commemoration week.
On Thursday night, there will be a screening of the film "Neshoba, the Price of Freedom" at the historic train depot. A question and answer session will follow.
Friday will be Youth Day and will include a youth tour and activities. A program honoring local heroes at the historic Mt. Nebo Church will also take place Friday evening.
A Vicksburg native, Evers-Williams was an honor student at Alcorn A&M College in Lorman where she met her future husband, Medgar Evers.
The couple opened and managed the first NAACP office in the state.
She, along with her children, saw Medgar Evers murdered at their Jackson home.
After suffering through two hung jury trials in the murder of her husband, Evers-Williams moved her three children to California.
In 1994, she was present when the verdict of guilty and life imprisonment was handed down for Byron De La Beckwith.
Evers-Williams was married for 18 years to Walter Edward Williams, himself a civil rights activist until his death two days after she was elected chairman of the board of the NAACP.
She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1968 from Simmons College in Boston, Mass. She has also received many honorary doctorate degrees with numerous colleges.
The week-long commemoration continues with:
Wednesday, June 18: Civil Rights Tours at the Tourism Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 19: Civil Rights Tours at the Tourism Office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; "Neshoba, the Price of Freedom" screening and question and answer session from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the historic train depot which houses the offices of the Community Development Partnership.
Friday, June 20: Youth Day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the coliseum; Civil Rights Tours at the Tourism Office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Honoring Local Heroes Program at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 21: Unity March at the Neshoba County Courthouse from 10 to 11 a.m.; Unity lunch from 12 to 1 p.m.; oral history interviews at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Unity Program from 4-6 p.m., all at the coliseum.
For more information, call Leroy Clemons at 601-504-3980 or the CDP office at 601-656-1000.