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Medgar Wiley Evers, the first NAACP Field Director for the State of Mississippi, was struck by an assassin’s bullet in the back on June 12, 1963.

In recognition, the NAACP has established the MedgarWiley Evers Award of Excellence to be presented annually to three NAACP staff members who have provided outstanding service and exhibited sincere dedication and commitment to the Association.

During the Public Mass Meeting of the 110th Annual Convention, the award was presented to Valerie McDonald, Legislative and Electronic Communications Secretary; India Artis, Business Manager, The Crisis;  and Eris Sims, Chief of Staff.

 

(L-R) Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman; Valerie McDonald, Legislative Secretary; Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO; Theresa Dear, NAACP Board Member.

(L-R) Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman; India Artis, Business Manager; Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO; Theresa Dear, NAACP Board Member.

(L-R) Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman; India Artis, Business Manager; Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO; Theresa Dear, NAACP Board Member.

 

(L-R) Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman; Eris Sims, Chief of Staff; Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO; Theresa Dear, NAACP Board Member.

(L-R) Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman; Eris Sims, Chief of Staff; Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO; Theresa Dear, NAACP Board Member.

 

Source: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The content of this article does not necessarily reflect the views or opinion of Global Diaspora News (www.GlobalDiasporaNews.com).