Sunday, February 27, 2011

Myrlie Evers-Williams elected to NAACP Board

Civil rights activist Myrlie-Evers Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, has been elected to the Oregon NAACP Board of Directors. From the Portland Oregonian:

Evers-Williams moved with her children to California and emerged as a civil rights activist in her own right. She made an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 1970.

In 1976, Evers-Williams married Walter Williams, a labor and civil rights activist. The couple moved to Bend in 1989. She joined the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and was elected chairwoman in 1995, but did not run for re-election in 1998.

She established the Medgar Evers Institute in Jackson, Miss.

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