Activist state

Alcorn State Honors Myrlie Evers-Williams

Lorman, Miss. (AP) – Alcorn State University’s honors degree program is being renamed in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.

The program will be renamed Myrlie Evers-Williams Honors Program in recognition of the civil rights leader, author and journalist who spent more than three decades seeking justice for the 1963 murder of her former husband, Medgar Evers, the university said. in a press release. .

Evers-Williams attended Alcorn A&M College for a year, where she met and fell in love with Medgar Evers. The two later married in 1951.

Alcorn said the honors program attracts academically successful and socially conscious students and helps the university develop global citizen scholars.

Evers-Williams expressed her gratitude to the school for recognizing her.

“This designation is a special recognition that is close to my heart, acknowledging my time on the Alcorn campus, my life’s work, and my dedication to continuing the fight for equality and human rights.” she declared.

Alcorn President Dr. Felecia M. Nave praised Evers-Williams’ accomplishments and said she was proud to recognize the civil rights leader on campus.

“She is an ideal example of the strength, courage and character of the Alcornites. We are thrilled to recognize her for her extraordinary contributions and continued activism,” Nave said.