APRIL 2015 -- From the moment Myrlie Evers-Williams faced the murder of her husband, civil rights activist Medger Evers, she became a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. For over three decades, she has fought to carry on his legacy, never relenting in her determination to change the face of race relations in this country.
On April 9, 2015, the UC San Diego Price Center West Ballroom hosted Evers-Williams' discussion entitled "Tomorrow’s Leaders: Building on the Legacy of Selma." This lecture was free and open to the public.
Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance, steadfast in her march towards social justice. She made history in becoming the first fulltime female director to lead the NAACP. Elected during a tumultuous time when the nation’s oldest civil rights organization was rife with financial troubles and scandal, her leadership rejuvenated the agency, helping ensure its relevance for generations to come.
Evers-Williams founded the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute to promote education, training, and economic development while exposing new generations of students to the cause for which her husband died.
For more information, visit the Helen Edison Lectures website at helenedison.ucsd.edu.