NAACP Leaders Meet in Jackson to Pay Tribute to Medgar Evers
May 16, the NAACP held a wreath-laying ceremony at the Medgar Evers Home Museum in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination. The NAACP Board of Directors hosts its annual meeting in Jackson this weekend to celebrate Evers’ life.
Evers served as the Field Secretary for the Mississippi NAACP, and his assassination at the hands of segregationists helped stoke opposition against state-sponsored segregation in the South. This weekend features a series of events to honor his life, including a tribute concert and a civil rights bus tour of Jackson.
NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock stated:
“On this hallowed occasion, we honor Medgar Evers and the sacrifice he made to advance civil rights. Even knowing how dangerous his work was, he was willing to risk his life in the name of social justice. Fifty years later, there is no better way to celebrate his life than to return to the town where he lived, worked and changed the world.”
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous echoed the Chairman's sentiments saying:
“Medgar Evers’ work and sacrifice has called generations of civil rights activists to action. As we approach the 50th anniversary of his assassination, we can best honor his legacy as a fearless freedom fighter by continuing his work to end discrimination and ensure equality for all.”
“The Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP has a responsibility to continue to uplift the legacy of Civil Rights heroes such as Medgar Evers,” stated Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “Bringing national attention to this historic occasion helps the next generation to understand the history so that our communities can continue to prosper. This is what Medgar Evers would’ve wanted.”
"The National NAACP Board hasn't held a meeting here in Jackson for 30 years," said former Supreme Court Justice Fred L. Banks Jr., who is also chair of the NAACP Legal Committee and the longest serving member of the National NAACP Board, serving since 1981. "This is a tremendous honor for Jackson and the state of Mississippi. It isn't easy to get something this massive here to Jackson."