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Mississippians honor Medgar Evers 55 years after his assassination

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Commemorating the life of civil rights leader Medgar Evers includes interpretative performance by MADDRAMA Performance Troupe, a poetry reading, singing and then a panel discussion moderated by Michael Williams, author of Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr.

"It's a conversation that gives us an opportunity to learn more about his life his legacy, his activism from people who knew him," said Michael Williams.

Those people include his secretary, Murlene Terry Taylor.

"He was a very distinguished gentleman," said Taylor. "He was very professional. He was a very wise man beyond his years."

 It also includes freedom rider Joan Mulholland, a Tougaloo student and colleague of Evers.

"I think he was just a gentle soul," said Mulholland. "I mean, a reporter asked me once before, what's the main thing you remember about him; I said his smile."

Mulholland continued, "We all knew we could die at any time. It was not unexpected that he was killed. But it's always sad when it happens."

Pamela Junior is director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

"A lot of us don't even know who he is, so we want to bring his name in the forefront," she said. "We want people to know and say the name Medgar Evers. So, what we're doing here is that we're saying, knowing Medgar 55 years later."

The free event at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum was co-sponsored by the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

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