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MEDGAR EVERS: AMERICAN HERO Honor his life. Live his legacy.


In 2013, the world will join together to commemorate the life and legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers, civil rights visionary. Fifty years after his assassination, we will honor his pioneering endeavors for civil rights, civic engagement, and social justice.


REMEMBERING MEDGAR EVERS In 1954, Medgar Evers became the first NAACP Field Secretary in Mississippi. With foresight and strategic tactics, he forcefully spoke out against injustice and organized voter registrations, determined to ensure that Black voices were heard in the political process. He investigated hate crimes perpetrated against Blacks and revealed those crimes for the world to bear witness to as he spearheaded demonstrations and boycotts against businesses that practiced racial discrimination. Medgar Evers filed lawsuits and led initiatives to break down barriers of segregation. This began in 1954 with his application to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law, which was denied. In 1962, he would assist James Meredith in his successful attempt to integrate Ole Miss.


These and other courageous acts tragically led to his assassination on June 12, 1963, in Jackson, Mississippi. Medgar Evers’s death lit the fire of determination, which inspired others to carry on his work so that racial injustice would end. This act of ultimate sacrifice galvanized President John F. Kennedy to push Congress for a comprehensive Civil Rights Bill. The passage of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was heavily influenced by Medgar’s life and death.

Medgar Evers’s contributions have been honored in many public ways. In Jackson, Mississippi, the downtown post office building, a public library, a major thoroughfare, and the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport all proudly bear his name. Medgar Evers College, part of the City College of New York college system, salutes his life and work. A humanitarian ship in the U.S. Navy was christened USNS Medgar Evers in 2011, the first vessel to be named for a civil rights activist.


“Although great strides in the field of human relations have been made, we cannot let up now.”

–Medgar Evers, April 20, 1961


“If we work with sufficient dedication, we will be able to achieve, in the not too distant future, a society in which no one is discriminated against on the basis of his race, his religion or his national origin. Our faith is invested in a law that is over and above man-made laws. We are dedicated to the cause of freedom and will continue to fight under God’s law, without fear of consequence.” –Medgar Evers, May 31, 1959


MEDGAR & MYRLIE EVERS INSTITUTE Determined that her husband be remembered, Myrlie Evers founded the Medgar Evers Institute in Oregon in 1998. Its mission is to cultivate positive social change, intergenerational civic engagement, social and economic justice, and equality through multimedia education, research, and service worldwide.

Recognizing the international leadership role of Myrlie Evers in advancing the cause of human rights, the Medgar Evers Institute’s board of directors changed the organization’s name to the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute and moved its home base from Oregon to Mississippi in 2012.

In recent years, the Medgar Evers Institute has collaborated with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation to host an annual Summer Youth Institute, bringing together rising high school sophomores and juniors to provide training in leadership, community building, and civil rights history.


“You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” -Myrlie Evers

THE INVITATION Medgar Evers’s courage, integrity, and perseverance have forever left their mark on humanity, and today the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute is focused on ensuring that we move forward to “Honor His Life and Live His Legacy” with the Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’s assassination.

The Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute is spearheading the coordination of numerous events being held the first two weeks of June 2013, in Washington, D.C., and Jackson, Mississippi. The Institute is working in collaboration with museums, universities, foundations, national organizations, and institutions throughout the world. This celebration will help us reflect and refocus on Medgar’s passion for humanity as well as his vision and mission of equality for all.


In order to achieve the expectations for the 50th Anniversary

We appreciate your consideration to become one of our partners

Commemoration, the Institute seeks to raise funds dedicated to the

and sponsors of these events. They will present a great opportunity

production of the Commemoration and further work to honor the life

for you and your organization to demonstrate your commitment

and legacy of Medgar Evers, for as we look back, we also look

to justice and equality worldwide. The Institute depends on the

toward the future.

passion, commitment, and resources of people who believe in this mission.

We invite you to join us with your participation in these historic events during such a pivotal year in our country’s history and embrace with

Help us make this Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary Commemoration

us the important work yet to be done. Your generosity, sponsorship,

an occasion that will truly “Honor His Life and Live His Legacy.�

and financial support will help ensure that the brave actions of Medgar and others alike will not be forgotten and not be in vain.

We thank you in advance for your support.


“I love the land of my birth. I do not mean just America as a country, but Mississippi, the state in which I was born... I have hopes of the future when we will not have to hang our heads in shame or hold our breath when the name Mississippi is mentioned, fearing the worst. But, instead, we will be anticipating the best.” –Medgar Evers, February 10, 1963


MEDGAR EVERS: AMERICAN HERO Honor his life. Live his legacy. COMMEMORATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Sponsored by the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute (Current as of March 1, 2013, the schedule is continually updated.)

WA S H I N G T O N , D . C . Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Memorial Service Arlington National Cemetery

The Legacy of Medgar Evers Symposium

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Day of Commitment Youth Congress: Dedicated to the Cause of Freedom Cabot Lodge Millsaps

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Memorial and Praise in Word and Song Tolling of Bells Art Garden, Mississippi Museum of Art

6:00 pm

The Newseum

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 International Day of Remembrance

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

7:30 pm

Celebration on the Green Music, Art, Food Festival and Literacy Fair Reflections and Book Signings by Historians and Authors Exhibits by Sponsors

Tribute Gala

Monday and Tuesday, June 10-11, 2013 Where Medgar Walked Tours of Historic Civil Rights Sites Throughout City of Jackson

Civil Rights Film Festival Davis Planetarium

Art Garden, Mississippi Museum of Art

Chairman’s Reception Jackson Convention Complex

Jackson Convention Complex


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND BENEFITS Gifts in any amount to the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, a charitable non-profit organization with Section 501(c)(3) IRS designation, are sincerely welcomed and are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Your contributions make it possible for many of the events to be available at a low or no admission cost. Donors may contribute for a variety of purposes: –– Help underwrite a specific event, in whole or in part, such as the Tribute Gala, Chairman’s Reception, Film Festival, Civil Rights Sites Tours, or the Day of Remembrance Festival/Celebration on the Green. –– Make an undesignated gift for the Commemoration –– Make an undesignated gift for the on-going work of the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute –– Become a Headline Sponsor Please call the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute at (800) 599 - 0650 or email us at info@eversinstitute.org for more information.


PRESENTING LEGACY SPONSOR – $75,000 & up

VISIONARY SPONSOR – $50,000-$74,999

Two tables for ten (10) with premier positioning and table signage

One table for ten (10) with premier positioning and table signage

at the Tribute Gala

at the Tribute Gala

Ten (10) tickets to the Chairman’s (Mrs. Myrlie Evers) Reception

Eight (8) tickets to the Chairman’s Reception

Prominent Advertisement in the Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Prominent Advertisement in the Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Organization representative to bring greetings during the Tribute Gala

Logo and Listing in Tribute Souvenir Book

Logo and Listing in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Souvenir of Remembrance

Special 50th Anniversary Commemorative Souvenir of Remembrance

Sponsorship Award at Tribute Gala

Sponsorship Award at the Tribute Gala

Private Photo opportunity with Mrs. Myrlie Evers and special dignitaries

Private Photo opportunity with Mrs. Myrlie Evers and special dignitaries

Reserved seating for four (4) at all events

Reserved seating for six (6) at all events

Special recognition from the podium during Gala

Logo prominently displayed during Tribute Gala

Logo to appear in Commemorative materials

Logo and acknowledgement in press materials

Logo prominently displayed during Tribute Gala

Complimentary exhibit space

Complimentary exhibit space

Recognition on the MMEI website

Recognition on the MMEI website

Link to Corporate Sponsor website from MMEI website

Link to Corporate Sponsor website from MMEI website

Reserved Parking at Tribute Gala

Reserved Parking at Tribute Gala


JUSTICE SPONSOR – $35,000-$49,999

HERITAGE SPONSOR – $10,000-$24,999

One table for ten (10) with premier positioning and table signage

Four (4) tickets to the Tribute Gala

at the Tribute Gala

Two (2) tickets to the Chairman’s Reception

Six (6) tickets to the Chairman’s Reception

Logo and Listing in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Full-page advertisement in the Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Reserved seating for two (2) at all events

Logo and Listing in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Half-page advertisement in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Sponsorship Award at Tribute Gala

CHAMPION SPONSOR – $5,000-$9,999

Reserved seating for three (3) at all events Logo Prominently displayed during the Tribute Gala Complimentary exhibit space during the community event Recognition on the MMEI website

FREEDOM SPONSOR – $25,000-$34,999 Six (6) tickets to the Tribute Gala Four (4) tickets to the Chairman’s Reception

(2) tickets to the Tribute Gala One ticket to the Chairman’s Reception Logo and Listing in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

AMBASSADOR SPONSOR – $1,000-$4,999 Name listed in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book Two (2) tickets to Tribute Gala

Reserved seating for two (2) at all events

COMMUNITY PARTNERS – $500-$999

Logo and Listing in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

For non-profit, faith-based, and individual sponsors

Half-page advertisement in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Name listed in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book


TRIBUTE GALA CHAIRMAN’S RECEPTION – $25,000 One Table for ten (10) at the Tribute Gala Ten (10) tickets to the Chairman’s Reception Reserved seating for two (2) at all events Logo and Listing in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book Company Representative to bring greetings during reception Half-page color advertisement in Tribute Gala Souvenir Book

Individual Tickets for the Black-Tie Tribute Gala - $100 Please note that Headline Sponsorships include Gala tickets.

Please complete the Ticket and Sponsorship Commitment Form. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact us at (800) 599-0650 or email us at info@eversinstitute.org


“Let men of good will and understanding change the old order, for this is a new day.” –Medgar Evers, April 20, 1961


MEDGAR & MYRLIE EVERS INSTITUTE Myrlie Evers, Chairman Reena Evers - Everette, Executive Director P. O. Box 13222 Jackson, MS 39236 info@eversinstitute.org (800) 599 - 0650 www.eversinstitute.org

The Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute is a not-for-profit charitable corporation. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3).


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