Myrlie Evers-Williams, former NAACP chairman and widow of a civil rights leader, was named a National Freedom Award winner Thursday by the National Civil Rights Museum.
Her late husband, Medgar Evers, a native of Decatur, Miss., was named Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP in 1954 and was killed by a sniper in 1963. Through her persistence, Byron De La Beckwith was finally convicted of the slaying in 1994.
In 1995, Evers-Williams was named chairman of the NAACP and served three years.
After her husband's death, Evers-Williams earned a college degree in sociology. She ran for Congress in California and later founded the National Women's Political Caucus.