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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: December 9, 1999

Civil rights leader and Widow of Slain Medgar Evers to Speak

The California State University, Sacramento "Leaders and Legends" series continues in February with a talk by Myrlie Evers-Williams. She is the former leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - a group her slain husband, civil rights legend Medgar Evers, once represented.

Evers-Williams will speak at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 in the University Union Ballroom.

Evers-Williams courageously carried on the cause for racial equality after the 1963 murder of her husband, a crime she and their three children witnessed. She was the NAACP chairperson from 1995 to 1998. Her husband was the organization's first field secretary.

Evers-Williams recently published the autobiography, Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I was Meant to Be.

She is the second of three speakers in the "Leaders and Legends" series. The first was civil rights champion and Klu Klux Klan adversary Morris Dees, who spoke to a packed house in November. Playwright and screen director Luis Valdez will wrap up the program on Sunday, April 9. Valdez directed the movie La Bamba and is the founder of El Teatro Campesino (Farmworkers' Theater).

Both upcoming lectures are at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. Tickets are $10 general and $5 for students. They are available at the Central Ticket Office, 278-4323, or a BASS ticket outlets.


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