Let Freedom Ring: Women Play Greater Role In 50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

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Mylerie Evers-Williams

Mylerie Evers-Williams is the widow of Medgar Evers, the Civil Rights activist who was gunned down by a K.KKlan member. Myerlie was actually invited to speak at the original March on Washington but was unable to attend. Being that her husband was killed in front of his own home, she spoke about the controversial and racially unjust “Stand Your Ground” laws. She said we should turn the phrase around and use it positively: “We [must] stand firm on the ground that we have already made and be sure that nothing is taken away from us.” 

Surprisingly, she took some responsibility in dropping the ball in terms of passing the torch to the next generation: “I think that my generation has failed in the sense that we have not been able to transfer the urgency of that particular time forward.”

She also mentioned the presence of misogyny in the Civil Right’s movement: “I was told in so many ways and by so many people, particularly men, you can’t do this job. And I had to remind them that evidently they had not read my resume and seen what I had done personally on my own, and that I was the widow of Medgar Evers, but I was my own woman with my own accomplishments.”

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