Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to welcome Myrlie Evers as the fifth annual Martin
Luther King, Jr., birthday speaker. She and her late
husband, Medgar Evers were active in Mississippi
during the Civil Rights Movement, dedicating their lives
to the cause of justice and freedom for all people.

Medgar Evers was field secretary for the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People in
Mississippi and in 1963 was struck down by an
assassin's bullet. The first two trials were deadlocked by
all-white juries. Myrlie's powerful devotion to see
justice done in the third trial is a demonstration of her
strong will and determination.

Ms. Evers graduated from Pomona College and then
became director of planning and development for the
Claremont Colleges. During this time she wrote For Us,
The Living
(1967), a book describing the civil rights struggle in
Mississippi. The book was later made into a PBS

Since her days with the colleges, Ms. Evers has been
an editor for Ladies Home Journal, covering the Vietnam
peace talks; vice president of advertising and publicity
for a New York firm; and the first African-American
woman to head the Southern California Democratic
Women's Division. She was also the first African-
American woman to serve as commissioner of public
works in Los Angeles, a post she held until 1991.

Be sure to join us to hear a woman who has worked to
realize King's dreams of racial equality everywhere,
from Mississippi, to New York, to Claremont. The
evening will start with a reception at 5:30, dinner at
6:00, and the talk at 7:00. Return the enclosed slip to
make your reservation.