Evers Widow to Discuss New Autobiography

Posted June 13, 2005 at 3:48pm

Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights figure Medgar Evers, will discuss and sign copies of “The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters and Speeches” at two D.C. bookstores this week.

Evers, a Mississippi native, helped establish local chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the state during the 1950s and organized boycotts against segregated businesses in the state. He eventually became the state’s first field secretary for the organization. He was assassinated in 1963.

Evers-Williams, along with historian Manning Marable, assembled some 89 papers, including monthly reports and business correspondence, about Evers for this autobiography.

Evers-Williams will speak about her book at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. She will again discuss and sign copies of the autobiography at 1 p.m. Thursday at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at Metro Center, 555 12th St. NW. Both events are free and open to the public.

— Amy Carlile