From staff reports
The Winston County Branch NAACP’s 33rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
will be held Saturday, April 27, at Lake Tiak O’Khata, Pine Ridge
A social hour will be held at 6p.m. with a program at 7 p.m.
The keynote speaker is Reena Evers-Everett, daughter of Myrlie Evers-
Williams and the late Medgar Evers.
Medgar Evers’ daughter has made many strides to preserve history. She
is the executive director of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute
and provides education and civil-engagement programs to show Medgar
Evers’ vision on civil rights.
Now 57, 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
injustice in America.
Born in Mound Bayou, Miss., Evers-Everette studied business
merchandising at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Through
the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, she will recognize the 50th
anniversary of her father’s assassination with events in both Jackson
and Washington, D.C., this summer.
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 was inspired and humbled by her father’s courageous
leadership and integrity, and she seeks avenues to continue his
mission,” the Margaret Walker Center said in a press release.
Tickets for the event are on sale or may be purchased at the door.
Adults tickets are $25; 16 years and below are $10.
Please contact Letitia Jackson at 662-803-2956 or NAACP President:
Charles R. Hampton at 662-803-0635. All are invited to attend.