50th Anniversary Commemoration

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In partnership with museums, universities, foundations, and national organizations across the country, the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute sponsored 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. MMEI marked the occasion by highlighting the accomplishments of Medgar’s lifetime and legacy including voter registration drives, boycotts,and demonstrations.

The 50th anniversary events kicked off with a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery. Following the inaugural Medgar Evers International Day of Social Justice, faith leaders from around the world celebrated Medgar’s legacy by sharing a message of “Unity and Faith.” Supporters gathered at the Jackson Convention Complex to raise money for the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute. The Mississippi Museum of Art opened an exhibit about Medgar, Myrlie, and their legacy. Other activities included civil rights tours, a civil rights film festival, and a youth congress.

MMEI’s partners also organized public programs honoring Medgar Evers and civil rights. For more information about our partners, click here.


Myrlie Evers appears on The View and describes the atmosphere in America in 1963.

Myrlie Evers talks with MSNBC’s Karen Finney about her experience at the March on Washington in 1963.