On this day in 1933, Myrlie Evers-Williams was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi


SAN DIEGO (Nov. 12, 2011) Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, delivers remarks during the christening ceremony for the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company. Medgar Evers is the 13th of the 14 planned Lewis and Clarke-class ships that provide food, fuel, cargo and other services to ships throughout the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher S. Johnson/Released)
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Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on March 1, 1933, Myrlie Evers-Williams, the wife of the late civil rights activist Medgar Evers, dedicated herself to preserving her husband’s legacy. Following his tragic assassination by a white supremacist in 1963, she authored several books documenting his pivotal role in the civil rights movement.

Her unwavering efforts led to the eventual conviction of her husband’s murderer in 1994. The subsequent year marked another milestone as she became the first woman to lead the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a position she held until 1998, further cementing her place in history.

Myrlie Evers-Williams is now 90 years old.

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