50 years after his death, Medgar Evers’ legacy lives on

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By msnbc staff
Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evers, right and Roslyn M. Brock, chairwoman of the NAACP national board of directors, left, carry the wreath to be...
Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evers, right and Roslyn M. Brock, chairwoman of the NAACP national board of directors, left, carry the wreath to be...
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On the 50th anniversary of the death of her husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers-Williams joined msnbc’s Jansing & Co. to talk about the legacy her late husband left behind.

As the first Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP, Medgar Evers organized voter registration efforts and fought against discriminatory corporate policies. He was murdered at his home in Mississippi in front of his wife and children.

His widow recalled a conversation they had in an interview with Richard Lui Wednesday:

“He said when my time comes—and we both knew that it would be shortly. You just know by everything that happens and the mood, the attitudes, what not.  He said take care of my children and keep pushing. Keep pushing. And he told me you’re much stronger than you think you are. And he was right.”


Watch Richard Lui’s interview with Myrlie Evers-Williams below: 

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50 years after his death, Medgar Evers' legacy lives on

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