Medgar Evers’ Widow Myrlie ‘Can’t Let Dream Die’ 50 Years Later

Source: Alisha Davis  / ABC News

It has been 50 years since civil rights leader Medgar Evers was gunned down in the driveway outside his home in Jackson, Miss., and his widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, says she still feels him speaking to her.

At a memorial honoring him in Washington Wednesday, Evers-Williams remembered her husband’s saying, “I love my wife and I love my children. And I will give my life and give it gladly so that they can have a better life in this country of mine.”

Now, five decades after the slaying, she says she is no longer haunted by those ghosts. At the DC memorial for her husband, who died at age 37, she spoke of visiting one of the exhibits on display around the country to mark this 50th anniversary and seeing the rifle used to kill her husband.

“People want to be treated in a humane way regardless of what country you’re referring to,” Evers-Williams says. “And we can’t let that dream die. We have to do more than commemorate fifty years and the March on Washington. It has to be more than that. Sometimes I feel like going to a mountaintop myself and screaming, ‘We aren’t through yet.’ However much time I have left, that’s what I want to do with it.”

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