Answering the Call

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 at 1:54 am

When tragedy knocked on Myrlie Evers’ door, she looked it square in the eyes. She demonstrated a quiet strength, she showed us the meanings of character and integrity. Above all, she never succumbed to challenges, difficulties, or fear: she seemingly always answered the call.

On Tuesday, October 27, Evers-Williams will receive the National Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Like Coretta Scott-King, Evers-Williams assumed a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement after her husband’s, Medgar Evers, untimely death. She went on to lead the NAACP, and according to Julian Bond, “a gracious lady with nerves of steel. She literally saved the NAACP when it was at one of its lowest ebbs.” Evers-Williams chaired the organization that was deeply in debt, and as she says “financially and morally corrupt.”

For more information on the National Civil Rights Museum and the Freedom Award, click here.


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