June 12, 2013 |
JACKSON, Miss. - Myrlie Evers-Williams acknowledges it would be easy to stay mired in bitterness and anger, 50 years after a sniper's bullet made her a widow. Instead, she's determined to celebrate the legacy of her first husband, Medgar Evers - a civil rights figure often overshadowed by peers such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Events including a black-tie gala are being held this week to remember Evers, the first Mississippi field secretary of the NAACP.
January 22, 2013
By Dedrick Muhammad Sr. Monday's inauguration of President Obama was laced with symbolism embracing the legacy of the civil rights movement. As the ceremonies coincided with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Obama selected Myrlie Evers-Williams, a former chairwoman of the NAACP and the widow of slain NAACP activist Medgar Evers, to deliver the inaugural invocation. The president also used a Bible owned by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his swearing-in. But while the president has adopted the symbolism of civil rights, these difficult times also require a substantive pursuit of the social and economic agenda of the movement.
November 13, 2011
Oakland again warns protesters OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland officials have twice issued eviction notices to an anti-Wall Street encampment and officials elsewhere urged an end to similar gatherings as pressures against Occupy protest sites mounted after three deaths in three cities, including two by gunfire. For the second time in as many days, Oakland officials warned protesters on Saturday that they do not have the right to camp in the plaza overnight and face immediate arrest and the removal of their tents, stoves, sleeping bags, and other belongings.
March 2, 1998 |
On Feb. 21, the NAACP elected Julian Bond, 58, as its new chairman. As one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Bond played an important role in the civil rights movement. A former Georgia state senator, he teaches history at American University in Washington and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Bond assumes this position at a time when the NAACP is in good organizational health. Outgoing chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams and current president Kweisi Mfume have turned a $4.8 million debt in 1994 to a current $2 million surplus.
July 21, 1997 |
Despite growing concern that the NAACP is far less relevant than it was during the heyday of the civil rights movement, thousands of mostly middle-class African Americans rallied to help resurrect the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. At its 88th annual convention, which ended last week in Pittsburgh, nearly 4,000 members and observers from around the nation sat in on economic, educational and legal workshops, and listened to speeches from government officials and seasoned veterans of the civil rights struggle, who tried to put their best face forward.
June 28, 1997 |
It must be strange to be famous for having lost. But that is how we first came to know Dr. Betty Shabazz. As a woman who lost what no woman should. As a woman who somehow found the strength to go on anyhow. Perhaps only now that she is dead can we appreciate what a feat of will that was. Impossibly, the civil rights era of the '60s gave us three women like that. Coretta Scott King, Myrlie Evers-Williams and Betty Shabazz were the widows of the martyrs. It fell to each to bear up under loss, to make a life beyond looming shadow.
November 18, 1996 |
The leadership baton of the Philadelphia branch of the NAACP passed to the next generation Saturday night, when Jerome W. Mondesire was convincingly elected president of the 5,000-member organizaiton. Mondesire, editor and publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun newspaper and head of the Next Generation slate, tallied more votes than his two rivals combined. He had 580 votes to the 331 garnered by Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission chairwoman Ethel S. Barnett. Joey Temple, a radio talk-show host and activist, came in third with 72 votes.
November 11, 1996 |
"We Shall Overcome" was a constant theme of the non-violent civil-rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. Wherever demonstrators gathered to protest oppression and inequality, the strains of that old spiritual could be heard above the crowd. During the last two years, however, the national NAACP has been overcoming a few internal ills that had tarnished the image of the oldest and most respected civil-rights organization in the land. The problems might have started as far back as the '80s, when the NAACP began losing a clear focus, observers said.
October 7, 1995 |
Elaine Harrington was like a teacher calling an unruly classroom to order. "We need to make it very clear to the press," she said in the prim and proper intonation of the college professor that she is. "This is not an O.J. Simpson convention! This is a convention for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. " Harrington, president of the New Jersey chapter of the NAACP, felt the need to give that warning yesterday at the state chapter's 73d annual conference in New Brunswick when it appeared the conference might be sidetracked by questions from reporters about the Simpson murder trial, rather than about the goals of the convention.
July 16, 1995 |
The NAACP's new chairwoman, Myrlie Evers-Williams, had a moment of sheer delight at a convention luncheon last week sponsored by General Mills. The company's token of appreciation: a Wheaties box with her face on it. That face - on what is advertised as "the breakfast of champions" - had no Michael Jordan sunbeam smile. With chin raised, it displayed a feisty pout. Evers-Williams broke into giggles at the surprise and then asked for another box with cereal to eat so she could build up "the strength and endurance for the race we are running right now. " There is no doubt, from the 86th annual conference that ended Thursday night, that Evers-Williams will need her strength.