Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute unveiled - - Jackson, MS

Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute unveiled

Friday was a joyous day at the Jackson Medical Mall. It marked the establishment of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.

Supporters saw the unveiling for the Institute which will focus on three areas of concern in MS: child health disparities, minority men's health, and research training. It's the result of a partnership between UMC and the Jackson State University College of Liberal Arts.

The Institute will be able to tap into the expertise that can be found at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, and use that as a springboard for exploration into children's health.

Mrs. Evers-Williams pointed out that Thursday marked the 51st anniversary of the assassination of her husband, Medgar Evers.

"Just keep going, just keep doing, I think that's what we're all doing as we gather here today. Keep going, strengthen our belief in the state of Mississippi," she says.

Congressman Bennie Thompson was on hand also to help with the unveiling. He says no one can deny the disparity between people who have adequate access to health care and people who don't. But he says naming this Institute after Myrlie Evers-Williams strengthens the hope that we can possibly overcome that one day. 

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