"You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea." – Myrlie Evers

The Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute promotes:

Integrity    •    Dignity    •    Self-Determination    •    Social and Economic Justice    •    Political Voice

Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute

~ 50th Anniversary ~


In partnership with museums, universities, foundations, and national organizations across the country, the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute is sponsoring events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ assassination, culminating in a series of activities in Washington, D. C., and Jackson, Mississippi, in June 2013.

Please make plans now to join us for these historic events. View the Medgar Evers, American Hero: Honor His Life, Live His Legacy brochure with details about the upcoming events and how you can be a sponsor or purchase tickets at this link. Download a pdf copy of the brochure here.



(Current as of May 13, 2013, the schedule is continuously updated.) 


These events are sponsored by the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute.

Download a copy of the schedule here.

Washington, D.C.
June 5

Memorial Service, Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery – 10:30 a.m.

The Legacy of Medgar Evers Symposium, The Newseum, 7:30 p.m.

Jackson, Miss.
June 6-12

Homecoming events sponsored by Charles Evers:

June 6 – Gospel Concert, Tougaloo College, 6 p.m.


June 7 – 50th Celebration Banquet, Masonic Temple, 7 p.m.

Parade beginning at Freedom Corner: Medgar Evers Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive – 10 a.m.


June 8 – Inaugural Medgar Evers International Day of Justice and Service



June 9 –Medgar Evers Sunday

Faith leaders all over the world will remember Medgar Evers and celebrate his Legacy

by sharing a message of “Unity and Faith.”

Liturgy for Racial Reconciliation Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Medgar Evers,

St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, 4 p.m.

Medgar Evers Exhibit Grand Opening and Reception, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, 6 p.m.


June 10-11— Where Medgar Walked: Civil Rights Sites Tours (citywide)

For a schedule and tour details, chick here.

Contact: Daphne Chamberlain (601) 979-4348  cofo.center@jsums.edu

June 10-11 — Civil Rights Film Festival, Davis Planetarium

For the schedule of the free film festival, click here. To read more about the films, click here.

Contact: Jeanne Luckett (601) 927-9972 jeanneluckett1@mac.com


June 11 — Day of Commitment

Youth Congress: Dedicated to the Cause of Freedom, Cabot Lodge Millsaps


June 12— International Day of Remembrance, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Art Garden Celebration on the Green, Mississippi Museum of Art

Music • Art • Food Festival • Literacy Fair

• Reflections and Book Signings by Historians

and Authors • Sponsor Exhibits

Contact: Jacqueline Berry @ (601) 709-3744 parexcelon@gmail.com

Service of the Bells, Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Memorial and Praise in Word and Song

Contact: Jeanne Luckett (601) 927-9972  jeanneluckett1@mac.com


50th Anniversary Gala

The Commemorative Tribute Gala is a Black-Tie event to be held at the Jackson Convention Complex at 7:30 p.m, on June 12th. Individual tickets are $100 and a reserved table of 10 can be purchased for $1200. The deadline for purchasing tickets to the Gala is Friday, June 7, 2013 at 5:00p.m Central Time.

To purchase gala tickets, call 601-878-1881 OR


Exhibits Honoring Medgar and Myrlie Evers and Civil Rights

COFO Civil Rights Education Center at Jackson State University – ongoing

William Winter Archives and History Building – opening May 1

Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center – opening May 15

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center – opening June 9

Mississippi Museum of Art – opening June 11


Alcorn State University Events

Medgar Wiley Evers ’52 Memorial National Dedication Ceremony, June 13, 10 a.m.

Medgar Evers Heritage Village, Lorman, Miss.



Torch of Justice Awards Luncheon, June 13, noon

Davey L. Whitney Arena Complex


Book Signing and Reading with Frank X. Walker and Minrose Gwin, June 13, 5p.m.

Margaret Walker Center, Ayer Hall, Jackson State University


Download hotel information here.

Host Hotel: Downtown

Hilton Garden Inn

235 W. Capitol St.

Jackson, MS 39201


Double $105.00

King Suite $250.00

Hilton Jackson: At I-55 North

1001 East County Line Road

Jackson, MS 39211


Double $99.00

Jackson Marriott: Downtown

200 East Amite Street

Jackson, MS 39201


Double $129.00

"Once in a blue moon someone comes along in politics who has it all – intelligence, dedication, charm, wit and a warm feeling for people … that is Mrs. Myrlie Evers."
– U. S. Senator Alan Cranston, California, 1970

~ Partners ~


We are most grateful to the sponsors who have made generous contributions to the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute
and the 50th anniversary commemoration.

For sponsorship information click here.


Mississippi Economic Council Nissan-Canton

Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

The Newseum, Washington, D. C.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz PC

Juanita Sims Doty Foundation

Office of Mayor Harvey Johnson

The Bower Foundation

Margaret Walker Center

One Voice

Catholic Diocese of Jackson

Medgar Evers College

Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

The Clarion-Ledger

Millsaps College

Portico Magazine

City of Jackson

Mission Mississippi

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

COFO Civil Rights Education Center

Mississippi Center for Justice

tbd advertising, Bend, OR

Crossroads Film Society

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Tougaloo College

Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism

University of Mississippi

Eudora Welty House and Eudora Welty Foundation

Mississippi Museum of Art

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

Fannie Lou Hamer Institute

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP

Evers Seal

Many organizations are working with the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, honoring Myrlie Evers for her vision, courage, and leadership and in recognition of the 50 th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, American hero.

Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute

~ Media ~

Myrlie Evers remembers her late husband in Sunday service at St. Andrew’s cathedral


The capital city’s Episcopal churches gathered Sunday to remember Medgar Evers in sermon and song.

Myrlie Evers-Williams opens up about journey after husband's death

NBC News

Disrupt host Karen Finney sits down with Myrlie Evers- Williams

Myrlie Evers-Williams | Roland Martin Reports

Roland Martin Reports

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.

Medgar Evers 50th Anniversery Commeration Activities

Savvy Lifestyle Magazine

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.

Medgar Evers, Icon of Civil Rights Movement, Remembered 50 Years After His Murder

Atlanta Black Star

People across the United States are remembering an icon of the American civil rights movement five decades after his racially motivated murder in Mississippi.

Photo of the Day: Obama and Myrlie Evers-Williams


President Obama met with Myrlie Evers-Williams and her children on June 4 to commemorate the approaching 50th anniversary of the death of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evans.

Clinton, Holder honor civil rights icon Medgar Evers 50 years after

By Morgan Whitaker MSNBC

Former President Bill Clinton sits next to Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, during the 50th anniversary remembrance ceremony of his death, Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Medgar Evers honored at Arlington National Cemetery

Jackson Clarion Ledger

NAACP: Evers Gave His Life for Civil Rights: Attorney General Eric Holder, former President Bill Clinton and Myrlie Evers-Williams were on hand at Arlington National Cemetery to honor Medgar Evers.

Honoring Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers, Warrior for US

PBS NewsHour

Nearly half a century since his murder, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was honored in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Gwen Ifill examines the life and legacy of Evers -- a World War II veteran and the NAACP's first field secretary.

Myrlie Evers-Williams returns to Mississippi as more than a civil rights widow

Washington Post

Myrlie Evers-Williams has returned to her home state as much more than a long-suffering civil rights widow.

Mississippians take stage at tribute to Evers

Hattiesburg American

Top leaders from Mississippi helped the nation pay tribute Wednesday to civil rights icon Medgar Evers, who died 50 years ago trying to change the state's “shameful history.”

Myrlie Evers Meets with President Obama

Chicago Defender

Fifty years later, President Obama met with Evers widow, Myrlie Evers, and the Evers children and grandchildren in the Oval Office before the official ceremony.

Myrlie Evers to Present MS Conference Award

Mississippi United Medthodist Church

Myrlie Evers to Present MS Conference Award.

Medgar Evers' death changed his wife, brother's lives forever

Jackson Clarion Ledger

Together, Medgar and Myrlie Evers had three children — Darrell, Reena and Van. Medgar became field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP, a position that instantly made him a target of the Ku Klux Klan. Myrlie worried.

Growing recognition of Evers inspires myriad media


"What better example than Medgar Evers?" After his June 12, 1963, assassination, then-Mississippi NAACP President Aaron Henry declared, "Medgar was shot in the back, but he fell forward the full 6 feet, 2 inches."  

Civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams delivers commencement address

Wagner University

On Friday, May 24, 2013, noted civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams delivered our commencement address.  

Newseum Opens Civil Rights Exhibit, 'Make Some Noise,' Aug. 2, 2013

Wall Street Journal (press release)

On June 5, the Newseum kicks off a series of programs on the civil rights movement with "The Legacy of Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers." Evers, a civil rights activist, was assassinated June 12, 1963, in his driveway in Mississippi.  

Medgar Evers How his legacy shaped the civil rights movement CBS

By CBS News video

Medgar Evers: How his legacy shaped the civil rights movement - This June marks 50 years since civil rights leader Medgar Evers was gunned down  

Wreath-laying honors Medgar Evers

By Jackson Clarion Ledger

Roslyn M. Brock, left, chairman of the NAACP national board of directors and Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, carry a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of his murder at his home in Jackson.  

NAACP meets in Miss. capital and honors memory of Evers, its state leader slain 50 years ago

By Washington Post

NAACP leaders from around the country are honoring the memory of the group’s former Mississippi leader, Medgar Evers, nearly 50 years after he was assassinated outside his Jackson home.

Myrlie Evers-Williams - The Big Story - Associated Press

By Associated Press

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, retells the moments prior to her husband being gunned down in 1963, during a memorial 

Myrlie Evers-Williams' Commencement Address Full of Memorable

By Ole Miss News

“I have no regrets for what has happened, except one (referring to Medgar Evers' assassination). That single event changed all our lives. Not just mine or my children's, but many.”  

Evers-Williams Addresses Ole Miss Graduates - WTOK


Evers-Williams' first husband, Medgar Evers, was denied admission to the University of Mississippi law school in 1954, when the state's education system was still segregated. He worked as field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP and was assassinated.

Myrlie Evers-Williams to speak today at opening of Medgar Evers


In the same building where Mississippi lawmakers embraced slavery and adopted a state Constitution disenfranchising African Americans, Myrlie Evers-Williams will speak.

"In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world."
– Medgar Evers, 1963

Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute
~ Purpose ~

~ History ~

Medgar Evers was a pioneering visionary for civil rights in the 1950s and early 1960s in Mississippi. As the state's first field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he was one of the most visible leaders in the civil rights movement in America. His assassination on June 12, 1963, galvanized President John F. Kennedy to ask Congress for a comprehensive civil rights bill, which was signed into law the following year by President Lyndon Johnson.

From the beginning, Myrlie Evers worked alongside her husband, Medgar. In the years following his assassination, she continued the pioneering work they had begun together. An author, lecturer, and educator, she was one of the first African American women to run for Congress. She made significant strides in corporate America as Director for Community Affairs at the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in the 1970s. In 1995, she was elected chairperson of the NAACP and helped rebuild and restore the national reputation of that organization.

In 1998, she founded the Medgar Evers Institute, with the initial goal of preserving and advancing the legacy of Medgar Evers' life's work. Anticipating the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers and recognizing the international leadership role of Myrlie Evers, the Institute’s board of directors changed the organization’s name to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and moved its home office from Oregon to Mississippi in 2012.

Currently Myrlie Evers lives on the campus of Alcorn State University in Mississippi, where she is distinguished scholar-in-residence. She also serves as chairman of the Institute, with the mission of championing civil rights with a focus on history, education, and reconciliation, especially among young people.

Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute

~ Mission ~

We envision a world in which everyone deserves respect and dignity. With collective conviction, people have the capacity, power, right, and responsibility to achieve and secure economic, social, and political justice. Our goal is to accomplish this mission through the following primary strategies:

  • Develop new generations of socially and politically activated people by transferring knowledge, sharing wisdom, and nurturing civic engagement
  • Create an inter-generational bridge between youth and elders where a cross pollination of ideas and perspectives address difficult and persistent issues
  • Utilize technological innovation to bring people together from different places to dialogue, learn, and work together
  • Provide a safe haven for intellectual development where novice and seasoned practitioners and thought leaders can engage in debate, publish, and issue calls for action
Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute