MEMPHIS, TN (WLBT) - The widow of a civil rights leader in the Capital City will be honored in Tennessee Thursday.
Myrlie Evers-Williams will be named a National Freedom Award winner by The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
Her late husband, Medgar Evers, was named Mississippi Field Secretary for the NAACP in 1954 but killed by a sniper in 1963.
Through her persistence, Byron De La Beckwith was finally convicted of the slaying in 1994.
In 1995, Evers-Williams was named chairman of the NAACP and served three years.