Slain Civil Rights Icon's Widow Knew Tragedy Would Strike

Myrlie Evers recounts the conversation husband Medgar Evers had with her before his assassination.
4:02 | 06/12/13

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with us. First, a look back. We have a -- on every store on capital street. Reporter: A native son of mississippi, medgar evers was the first naacp field secretary for his home state. A leader in the civil rights movement. Evers organized voter demonstration drives. Boycotts against businesses. In 1954, his application to the ole miss school of law was denied. But paved the way to the school's integration years later. ON JUNE 11th, 1963, HE WAS Gunned down in front of his home. For 30 the years, his death went unpunished, until 1994, when byron dale beckwith was convicted for killing evers. Recently, family and friends gathered at arlington cemetery, where evers is buried, to honor the man for serving his country, wanting equality for all. So many events going on recently commemorating the 50th anniversary. Just recently, a memorial in washington, d.C. President bill clinton was saying about you, you have kept alive the memory and the meaning of your husband's life. What do you think has been the meaning? He would do everything he could to see that justice prevailed in every part of american life. And the night before he was assassinated, is it true that you all had a conversation about what would happen? And how he was expecting something to happen? We knew almost from the beginning, both of us were native mississippians. We did have that conversation, one where both of us cried and held on to each other. And he told me you must do this for me. You must take care of my children. And you keep the movement going in your heart. I told him, I can't make it without you. And he said to me, I'll never forget this, you're a strong woman who you are. There's been exhibits. And the rifle on display. What was it like for you to see what took your husband's life? I went to the exhibit. And there was this rifle in this plexiglas case. And I had to stop in my tracks. The trigger represented hatred to me. You are stronger than you think. And you at the inauguration, earlier this year, delivering the opening prayer. I know. What was that moment like for you? I used, in that invocation, something that my grandmother always taught me. God, make me a blessing. And that's what I tried to live by. I also realize, I am more than just the widow of -- I'm my own person. The circumstances were difficult. But I welcomed all the challenges and all of the changes that come with being the widow of, but being myrlie evers myself. When opportunities presented themselves, you were ready. And you stepped up. And you did it. And you've played at carnegie hall. You played the piano at carnegie hall. Not only that. I sang at carnegie hall. That's right. It was a full performance. And I am so proud. I enjoyed myself to no end. And I had on this red dress that was made for me. And I was able to lean in the curve of the baby grand. And it was marvelous. It was a dream come true. Thank you. It has been a delight. I thank you. And I'm so pleased to say we are both from mississippi. Yes, we are. Thank you. She is a blessing. And she makes 80 years old look

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