This larger-than-life statue of the civil rights icon, Medgar Evers, was unveiled on Thursday, June 13, 2013 on the campus of Alcorn State University.
The Evers family at the statue.
Evers was a graduate of Alcorn, and his widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, holds the position of distinguished scholar-in-residence. On Thursday, Alcorn brought together speakers, entertainers and dignitaries for the Medgar Wiley Evers Memorial dedication.
The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a larger-than-life bronze statue of Evers located in the heart of the sprawling campus, where Evers-Williams helped establish a social justice institute in his honor.
Television host and Mississippi native Tavis Smiley headlined the events, serving as keynote speaker at the dedication and master of ceremonies at the luncheon. Smiley described his close friendship to the Evers family — Evers’ son Van and daughter Sheila are members of his television talk show staff.
Smiley encouraged the sizeable audience of Alcorn students, faculty and community residents to emulate Evers’ life of service. Addressing the students, specifically, he said, “Medgar Evers was just an ordinary man; Myrlie Evers was just an ordinary woman. But they were ordinary people who did extraordinary things. … When your moment comes, you can have the same courage, you can have the same conviction, you can have the same commitment, you can have the same character. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”