Produced in 1933, Myrlie Evers-Williams was the wife of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers. While struggling to bring his killer to justice, Evers Williams also continued her husband’s work along with her novel, For Us, The Living. She also composed Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Supposed To Be. Evers Williams served as chair of the NAACP from 1995 to 1998.
Created Myrlie Louise Beasley on March 17, 1933, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Raised by her grandmother, a schoolteacher, Evers Williams adored learning and music. Growing up in the segregated South, she went to Alcorn A&M College, one of the only schools in the state that allowed African American pupils. While at Alcorn, she met Medgar Evers, a Second World War veteran several years her senior. Medgar made enemies of these who did not need race relations in the South to transform. On June 12, 1963, Medger Evers was shot to death before his house with a white supremacist named Byron De La Beckwith.