Naval supply ship named after Civil Rights pioneer

October 13, 2009 7:53:34 AM PDT
The widow of slain civil-rights pioneer Medgar Evers was moved to tears by the latest tribute given her slain husband. She was on hand in Jackson, Mississippi last Friday as Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (MAY'-bus) announced he was naming a new supply ship for Medgar Evers. Myrlie Evers-Williams says she hopes those who serve on the ship and those who will see it around the world will get the chance to know who her husband was and what he stood for.

Evers was Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP when he was assassinated outside his home in June, 1963. Mabus used to be governor of Mississippi - and Evers-Williams says he made a promise to her more than 20 years ago: that he would find an appropriate way to commemorate her late husband's legacy.

Evers-Williams was invited to the ceremony, not knowing what it was for. She says everyone involved tried to keep the naming of the vessel a secret from her until it was announced. Smiling at Mabus, she said to him: "Mission accomplished."

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