Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary Commemoration Events – June 5-13

Source:  Beth Alexander  /

Jackson, Miss. – Myrlie Evers, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, has released the schedule for the national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of her late husband Medgar Evers, a Mississippi civil rights pioneer.

The Institute has partnered with museums, universities, foundations and national organizations across the country for the commemoration. Events sponsored by the Institute will begin Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Washington, D.C., and culminate with a community celebration and tribute gala in Jackson, Miss., on Wednesday, June 12. In addition, Alcorn State University will dedicate a memorial to Medgar Evers on Thursday, June 13 during a 10 a.m. ceremony in Lorman, Miss.

Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of Medgar and Myrlie Evers and the executive director of the Institute, said a memorial service will be held at her father’s gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery on June 5 at noon. On the evening of June 5, a symposium entitled “The Legacy of Medgar Evers” will be held at the Newseum in the nation’s capital. Myrlie Evers, noted civil rights activist Julian Bond, and award-winning investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will participate in a discussion moderated by Gwen Ifill, host of “Washington Week” and senior correspondent for “PBS NewsHour.”

The Metro Jackson Chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the International Community Ambassadors Network (I!CAN) have partnered with the Institute to launch the Inaugural Medgar Evers Day of Justice and Service.  On Saturday, June 8, 2013, individuals and organizations are asked to implement volunteer service projects throughout their communities around the world. Everyone is invited to participate to perpetuate Medgar Evers’ legacy of justice and service. Organizations can visit to list their service idea and post photographs.

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