Civil rights champion to speak on campus

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 18, 2014

Myrlie Evers-Williams

BLOOMSBURG— Myrlie Evers-Williams, civil rights activist and former chair of the NAACP, is the keynote speaker of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Evers-Williams will discuss “Tomorrow’s Leaders: Their Voices, Our Journey.”

Her husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, was murdered by a white supremacist in 1963 and, since then, she has worked to promote social justice and civil rights. She was elected as the first female chairperson of the NAACP in 1995 and founded the Medgar Evers Institute to promote education, training and economic development while exposing new generations of students to the cause of civic engagement. She also was instrumental in starting the diversity education program, “Youth for Unity,” which is designed to fight intolerance. A year ago, she delivered the invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Evers-Williams’ visit is being held in collaboration with Bloomsburg University’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration, co-sponsored by the Multicultural Center and 175th Anniversary Committee.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.