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NAACP Board Honors Evers' Memory In Miss. Capital

1:05 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - NAACP leaders from around the country are honoring the memory of the group's former Mississippi leader, Medgar Evers, nearly 50 years after he was assassinated outside his Jackson home.

NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous and board chairwoman Roslyn Brock helped Evers' widow lay a wreath Thursday at the home, now a museum.

Myrlie Evers-Williams told nearly 200 people that she still remembers hearing the shot that killed her husband in their carport on June 12, 1963. She and their three young children were waiting up for him.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People board is meeting in Jackson for the first time in 30 years. It chose the city because of the 50th anniversary of the Evers assassination.

The conference started Wednesday and goes through Saturday.

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