"You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea." – Myrlie Evers

The Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute promotes:

Integrity    •    Dignity    •    Self-Determination    •    Social and Economic Justice    •    Political Voice

Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute

~ 50th Anniversary ~


In partnership with museums, universities, foundations, and national organizations across the country, the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute is sponsoring events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ assassination, culminating in a series of activities in Washington, D. C., and Jackson, Mississippi, in June 2013.

Please make plans now to join us for these historic events. View the Medgar Evers, American Hero: Honor His Life, Live His Legacy brochure with details about the upcoming events and how you can be a sponsor or purchase tickets at this link. Download a pdf copy of the brochure here.



(Current as of May 13, 2013, the schedule is continuously updated.) 


These events are sponsored by the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute.

Download a copy of the schedule here.

Washington, D.C.
June 5

Memorial Service, Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery – 10:30 a.m.

The Legacy of Medgar Evers Symposium, The Newseum, 7:30 p.m.

Jackson, Miss.
June 6-12

Homecoming events sponsored by Charles Evers:

June 6 – Gospel Concert, Tougaloo College, 6 p.m.


June 7 – 50th Celebration Banquet, Masonic Temple, 7 p.m.

Parade beginning at Freedom Corner: Medgar Evers Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive – 10 a.m.


June 8 – Inaugural Medgar Evers International Day of Justice and Service



June 9 –Medgar Evers Sunday

Faith leaders all over the world will remember Medgar Evers and celebrate his Legacy

by sharing a message of “Unity and Faith.”

Liturgy for Racial Reconciliation Commemorating the Life and Legacy of Medgar Evers,

St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral, 4 p.m.

Medgar Evers Exhibit Grand Opening and Reception, Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, 6 p.m.


June 10-11— Where Medgar Walked: Civil Rights Sites Tours (citywide)

For a schedule and tour details, chick here.

Contact: Daphne Chamberlain (601) 979-4348  cofo.center@jsums.edu

June 10-11 — Civil Rights Film Festival, Davis Planetarium

For the schedule of the free film festival, click here. To read more about the films, click here.

Contact: Jeanne Luckett (601) 927-9972 jeanneluckett1@mac.com


June 11 — Day of Commitment

Youth Congress: Dedicated to the Cause of Freedom, Cabot Lodge Millsaps


June 12— International Day of Remembrance, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Art Garden Celebration on the Green, Mississippi Museum of Art

Music • Art • Food Festival • Literacy Fair

• Reflections and Book Signings by Historians

and Authors • Sponsor Exhibits

Contact: Jacqueline Berry @ (601) 709-3744 parexcelon@gmail.com

Service of the Bells, Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Memorial and Praise in Word and Song

Contact: Jeanne Luckett (601) 927-9972  jeanneluckett1@mac.com


50th Anniversary Gala

The Commemorative Tribute Gala is a Black-Tie event to be held at the Jackson Convention Complex at 7:30 p.m, on June 12th. Individual tickets are $100 and a reserved table of 10 can be purchased for $1200. The deadline for purchasing tickets to the Gala is Friday, June 7, 2013 at 5:00p.m Central Time.


Exhibits Honoring Medgar and Myrlie Evers and Civil Rights

COFO Civil Rights Education Center at Jackson State University – ongoing

William Winter Archives and History Building – opening May 1

Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center – opening May 15

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center – opening June 9

Mississippi Museum of Art – opening June 11


Alcorn State University Events

Medgar Wiley Evers ’52 Memorial National Dedication Ceremony, June 13, 10 a.m.

Medgar Evers Heritage Village, Lorman, Miss.



Torch of Justice Awards Luncheon, June 13, noon

Davey L. Whitney Arena Complex


Book Signing and Reading with Frank X. Walker and Minrose Gwin, June 13, 5p.m.

Margaret Walker Center, Ayer Hall, Jackson State University

"Once in a blue moon someone comes along in politics who has it all – intelligence, dedication, charm, wit and a warm feeling for people … that is Mrs. Myrlie Evers."
– U. S. Senator Alan Cranston, California, 1970

~ Partners ~

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We are most grateful to the sponsors who have made generous contributions to the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute.

For sponsorship information click here.


Mississippi Economic Council Nissan-Canton

Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

The Newseum, Washington, D. C.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz PC

Juanita Sims Doty Foundation

Office of Mayor Harvey Johnson

The Bower Foundation

Margaret Walker Center

One Voice

Catholic Diocese of Jackson

Medgar Evers College

Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

The Clarion-Ledger

Millsaps College

Portico Magazine

City of Jackson

Mission Mississippi

Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center

COFO Civil Rights Education Center

Mississippi Center for Justice

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Crossroads Film Society

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Tougaloo College

Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

Mississippi Development Authority/Division of Tourism

University of Mississippi

Eudora Welty House and Eudora Welty Foundation

Mississippi Museum of Art

Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement

Fannie Lou Hamer Institute

Mississippi Public Broadcasting

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference

Jackson Municipal Airport Authority

Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP

Many organizations are working with the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, honoring Myrlie Evers for her vision, courage, and leadership and in recognition of the assassination of Medgar Evers, an American hero.

"In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world."
– Medgar Evers, 1963

~ Purpose ~

~ History ~

Medgar Evers was a pioneering visionary for civil rights in the 1950s and early 1960s in Mississippi. As the state's first field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he was one of the most visible leaders in the civil rights movement in America. His assassination on June 12, 1963, galvanized President John F. Kennedy to ask Congress for a comprehensive civil rights bill, which was signed into law the following year by President Lyndon Johnson.

From the beginning, Myrlie Evers worked alongside her husband, Medgar. In the years following his assassination, she continued the pioneering work they had begun together. An author, lecturer, and educator, she was one of the first African American women to run for Congress. She made significant strides in corporate America as Director for Community Affairs at the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in the 1970s. In 1995, she was elected chairperson of the NAACP and helped rebuild and restore the national reputation of that organization.

In 1998, she founded the Medgar Evers Institute, with the initial goal of preserving and advancing the legacy of Medgar Evers' life's work. Anticipating the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers and recognizing the international leadership role of Myrlie Evers, the Institute’s board of directors changed the organization’s name to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and moved its home office from Oregon to Mississippi in 2012.

Currently Myrlie Evers lives on the campus of Alcorn State University in Mississippi, where she is distinguished scholar-in-residence. She also serves as chairman of the Institute, with the mission of championing civil rights with a focus on history, education, and reconciliation, especially among young people.

Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute

~ Mission ~

We envision a world in which everyone deserves respect and dignity. With collective conviction, people have the capacity, power, right, and responsibility to achieve and secure economic, social, and political justice. Our goal is to accomplish this mission through the following primary strategies:

  • Develop new generations of socially and politically activated people by transferring knowledge, sharing wisdom, and nurturing civic engagement
  • Create an inter-generational bridge between youth and elders where a cross pollination of ideas and perspectives address difficult and persistent issues
  • Utilize technological innovation to bring people together from different places to dialogue, learn, and work together
  • Provide a safe haven for intellectual development where novice and seasoned practitioners and thought leaders can engage in debate, publish, and issue calls for action