Source: Bob Burks / MS News Now
Myrlie Evers-Williams has resigned as distinguished scholar-in-residence at Alcorn State University. In a statement, Evers-Williams said she will leave her teaching and mentoring duties at her alma mater to devote more energy to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, a non-profit organization that supports scholarship, historic preservation and promotion of civil rights advocacy.
Evers-Williams, who was thrust into the national spotlight after the assassination of her husband Medgar Evers in June 1963, became a prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement in the years following his murder. She served as an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for more than 60 years, the pinnacle of her work coming in 1995, when she was named as the organization’s chairman.
Over her three-year tenure, she was credited with reversing challenges with the organization’s financial and public image structures.
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