On Thursday, Medgar's widow Myrlie Evers joined their daughter, Reena Evers-Everette, and Medgar's brother, Charles, to announce the plans.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
This year marks 50 years since the assassination of Medgar Evers in the driveway of his home in Jackson. The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute has a full slate of events planned for the week leading up to June 12, the date of his death in 1963.
On Thursday, Medgar's widow Myrlie Evers joined their daughter, Reena Evers-Everette, and Medgar's brother, Charles, to announce the plans. A spirited crowd gathered at the Medgar Evers library to hear them reflect on the civil rights pioneer's legacy.
"He was a terrific father. He was gone a lot but as I said to my kids, your grandfather gave us quality time," Evers-Everette says. "He inspired us to just keep going, always look at the right in people, and the good in people."
Myrlie Evers says her late husband worked hard for equal rights, but never sought out the limelight.
"Medgar never wanted publicity. Never wanted credit for those things, which was always puzzling to me," she says. "I didn't understand when other people would get publicity. I'd say, 'what about you?' He would add, 'I'm not in this for the publicity.'"
Commemorative events include:
A Memorial Service at Arlington National Cemetery on June 5
A "Where Medgar Walked" tour of historic civil rights sites in Jackson on June 10 and 11
A "Day of Commitment: Youth Congress Dedicated to the Cause of Freedom" at Millsaps College on June 11
An International Day of Remembrance/Celebration on the Green at the Mississippi Museum of Art on June 12
A black tie tribute gala at the Jackson Convention Complex on June 12
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