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Evers-Williams to speak in Pa.

March 25, 1998

Evers-Williams to speak in Pa.

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chairperson of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday in Shippensburg University's Old Main Chapel.

Her talk is part of the Proteus Lecture Series in conjunction with the spring issue of Proteus. The theme of the issue is "The American Civil Rights Movement in Global Perspective." This issue is in remembrance of the 35th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Medgar Evers and the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Evers-Williams is the widow of Medgar Evers.

A true pioneer of the civil rights movement, she served as chair of the NAACP board from early 1995 until earlier this year. She is the author of the book "For Us, the Living," that depicts the life of her husband. She is also featured in the book and exhibit, "I Dream a World: Black Women Who Changed America."

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The Mississippi native witnessed the murder of her husband at the front door of their home in Jackson, Miss., in 1963. The couple's three small children also witnessed his death. Two attempts at that time to prosecute the case resulted in hung jury trials. In 1994, she was present at the third trial in which the original suspect was tried and found guilty of murder. He is serving life in prison.

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