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2013 Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation: Culminating Celebration
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2013 Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation: Culminating Celebration
MYRLIE EVERS, KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at 7:30pm | Foellinger Great Hall

Myrlie Evers strove to end racial segregation, organized voter registration drives for African Americans, led civil rights demonstrations, served as chair of the NAACP, and pushed for 30 years to get justice for her husband’s murder. After Medgar Evers—a notable civil rights activist in Mississippi—was killed in front of their home by a white supremacist in 1963, she continued their advocacy work in his memory and emerged as a national leader on equal rights. She provides the keynote address for the final event of the 2013 Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation celebration, which includes performances by the UI Black Chorus, the UI Women’s Glee Club, and the UI Wind Symphony. Evers will receive the Presidential Award and Medallion for her service.

See the full schedule of events associated with the 2013 Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

This event will last approximately 90 minutes and has no intermission.