Myrlie Evers-Williams Returns To Mississippi As More Than A Civil Rights Widow

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Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, retells the moments prior to her husband being gunned down in 1963, during a memorial ceremony at the family's former home, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Jackson, Miss. Evers, a Mississippi NAACP leader, was assassinated in his driveway, and the house is now a museum maintained by Tougaloo College. The activity is one of several marking the 50th anniversary of his death and coincided with the National NAACP board meeting in Jackson. | AP

Myrlie Evers-Williams moves gingerly about the crowd, slowed by her 80-year-old knees. The University of Mississippi chancellor, who has invited her to speak at commencement exercises, takes her hand to lead her down a flight of stairs. Students, black and white, ask to pose for a photo with her as she makes her way to the stage. Her daughter, always nearby, is holding her purse. She is doted on.

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