QuickTime. http://www.schooltube.com/video/bcef4580516f12afcad4/. Framing Questions. • By the end of the 1960s, what had African Americans overcome? • How had the civil rights movement affected the lives of African Americans?
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• By the end of the 1960s, what had African Americans overcome?
• How had the civil rights movement affected the lives of African Americans?
• What remained to be overcome, not just for African Americans, but ALL Americans?
now 50 years after Medgar’s
Born in 1933, Myrlie Evers-Williams was the wife of murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers. While fighting to bring his killer to justice, Evers-Williams also continued her husband's work with her book, For Us, The Living. She also wrote Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be. Evers-Williams served as chair of the NAACP from 1995 to 1998.
After her husband's murder, Evers-Williams fought hard to see his killer brought to justice. Although Beckwith was arrested and brought to trial on murder charges, two all-white juries could not reach a verdict in the case. It would take approximately 30 years for justice to be served, with Williams-Evers keeping the case alive and pushing for Beckwith to pay for his crime. Her efforts were not in vain. In the early 1990s, Beckwith was again arrested and later convicted by a multi-racial jury.
In 1976, Evers-Williams married Walter Williams, a labor and civil rights activist. She continued to explore ways to serve her community and to work with the NAACP. Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley appointed her to the Board of Public Works as a commissioner in 1987. Evers-Williams also joined the board of the NAACP.
Prisoner of South Africa’s
Worked to abolish apartheid
Recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace prize Helped heal the country’s racial wounds
16 years old
Survived an assassination attempt after getting off the school bus
Made the cover of Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world
What will you do to advance the dream?