The 2019 Memorial Service Keynote Speaker, REENA EVERS-EVERETTE, Executive Director of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute.
Reena Evers-Everette, Born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, founded the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute in 1998, aiming to achieve and secure economic, social, and political justice for people worldwide. Evers-Everette witnessed her father's assassination in 1963 at their Jackson home when she was 8 years old. The former state field secretary for the NAACP, Medgar Evers made many efforts during the Civil Rights Movement to end racial inequality and social justice in America.
Evers-Everette served as logistics coordinator and speaker of a project known as Sojourn to the Past, which enables thousands of high school students across the country to visit the South to learn about the Civil Rights Movement. Honored by the U.S. Congress and others, Sojourn to the Past attempts to compensate for the lack of civil rights information in educational curriculums. Evers-Everette served as the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation at Jackson State University. She also received the "For My People Award" from Jackson State University. The Margaret Walker Center honored Evers-Everette for her impact in preserving African American history and culture.
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