Myrlie Evers Research Paper

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Myrlie Evers has been described as a “phenomenal woman of great strength and courage” in the biography about her on the NAACP website. Her husband, Medgar Evers, was killed while fighting for the cause of civil rights and equality amongst all in the United States. Medgar Evers was the field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi and one of the prominent leaders in the civil rights movement in America, making him a target. He and Myrlie were also started the first Mississippi State Office for the NAACP. After his assassination, Myrlie Evers was inspired by his contributions to the cause and was determined to find justice for the crime committed against him. She continued his legacy by spreading her word across the nation through speeches, books,…show more content…
The Institute has it’s own website, which gives a summary on their mission and purpose, some quotes from various people, and details on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ assassination. At the top of the web page, it states that the Institute promotes integrity, dignity, self-determination, social and economic justice, and political voice. This corresponds with the previous ability to donate to their non-profit organization. The statement is the mission of the Institute and what the donation goes towards; that all people should “have the capacity, power, right and responsibility to achieve and secure economic, social, and political justice.”4 The quote that specifically stands out on the page is from U.S. Senator Alan Cranston, which reads, “Once in a blue moon someone comes along in politics who has it all - intelligence, dedication, charm, wit and a warm feeling or people … that is Mrs. Myrlie Evers.”4 Although this is just one account from one person, it demonstrates how Mrs. Evers herself has had an emotional impact on people in the United States. Lastly, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ death was an important event to those who knew about Mr. Evers and wanted to celebrate him on the special occasion or learn about him at the various museums, universities, foundations, and national…show more content…
This page, run by and referred to as a whole by the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute (MMEI), has developed over the years containing many posts, mostly centered around things Myrlie has done or wants to bring to attention. The page has 1,230 likes. There are also many posts about Medgar Evers. One recent post from July second reads, “On this day a great man was born. MMEI pauses to say happy birthday to one of the people who paved the way for our equality. So help us wish Medgar Wiley Evers a Happy 90th Birthday by liking this post! HONOR HIS LIFE, LIVE HIS LEGACY” This post received double the amount of likes, 50, that the average post receives on the timeline.5 The Institute’s continuous commemorations of Medgar is important because he was the main figure that inspired and started Myrlie’s work as well as the leading to the establishment of the Institute. Further down is a post that contains the statement Myrlie made at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. She specifically says that, “we must rededicate ourselves, as men, women, White, Black, Latino, Asian and Native Americans to pulling together to ensure that every American, regardless of the color of their skin has unfettered access to that inalienable right, the right to vote.”5 Her saying this is very powerful in that it addresses everyone in the country and reminds them that they all are a part of this movement and it

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