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Medgar Evers to be remembered 50 years after death


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers will be marked with several events this June.

Evers worked for racial equality in Mississippi before being killed by a white supremacist outside his Jackson home on June 12, 1963. He was 37. His widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and daughter, Reena Evers-Everette, on Thursday announced events celebrating his life.

They include a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery, a symposium at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and a gala in Jackson. On June 12, Evers will be honored with an international day of remembrance.

Nissan on Thursday presented a donation of $100,000 to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, which promotes civic engagement.

Evers-Everette says her father should be remembered for his work, not solely his assassination.

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