Myrlie Evers-Williams: 'Freedom Is Not Free'

Former NAACP chairwoman and wife of Medgar Evers speaks of fight for equality at March on Washington event.
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Go now back to the program was morally Ebbers Dennis team. Spot. We've developed. In the words. Of another Mississippi -- Fannie Lou Hamer. I am sick and tired. Of being sick and tired -- -- that that is what the crowd of some fifty years ago was slain in. To all of our leaders. Not to gain turned thing. -- -- His leadership. There's little game -- liars such as Medgar Evers and so many others. Said enough. -- -- -- -- This is our country. All of us. We belong here. And here we are some fifty years later. A cell singing in what has happened over this period of time. Where we are and what we must do. We'll -- period of time I think we fell asleep. And we said that we helped move -- forward and everything is okay. But we know today that everything is not okay. That there has been that -- retrenchment. And this country. As far as civil rights. And equal rights this concern. We marched. We sat to. The triumphs and even defeat -- belonged to assault. Doctor King told us. That he might not get to the mountaintop. With us. -- have that there is a promised land -- An American is that promised land we'll all of us. -- -- -- deep roots of individuals. That -- ever totally become a strong group to be reckoned with. Announcement is and -- numbers. In today's world and there's emphasis. On individual -- How can I reach my top. I'm sure that no matter how strong that any one person may be. Name Maine be strengthened it was strong support from each other. Encouragement and guidance from those of us who have blocked their path. The moment and no law. Hopeful that an individual approached adulterers. Out was is an interconnected struggle of black white. Male female young -- follow. Every one. We are all entitled to. And protected by this country that we call home. And at times it is necessary. That we need that those who represented house on capitol real. Dollars and represent us and -- communities. Know that we all pay for us to be reckoned with. Never -- messages today target today's youth -- our elbows. And I looked specifically at those in the middle all new parents. -- young professionals. You -- educators. And community activists. They -- young enough to relate. But also establish an -- community. And I ask you how will we bridge that gap. What are -- next steps. Because this country. In the area of civil rights has certainly taken a turn back what -- Am -- depressed. No. I am energized. To -- -- And to be sure to saint that the gains that we have in combat and had to come to us that we have worked so hard for. I'm not loss. So I don't ask you one -- that steps. We created a framework. But there's still so much work left to be done. -- allows civil rights leaders including my husband and Dr. Martin Luther King was still of an age when they took the of these. With that question and mine. I challenge you to get back to community and building. It is your problem. It is -- problem. In -- -- neighborhood. These -- -- children. You are the parents. But in that same breath. The victory will be a collective one. It is with a higher conscious. -- and what we've done and can do. That we will reach that mountaintop. And we will all will call. But it would take each and every one -- us. And unity. In unison. -- And those who say that they managed this country of America. Know that it's the people. It's the voice. And the actions. Of the people. That say. We must overcome. And -- eventually say. We -- -- of -- -- because of the involvement. Of each and every one. That is -- challenge today. Let us move -- the and do what we must build. Remembering. Freedom. Is not. Free. We must work for it. Point last quarter. Evers Williams forced her first husband -- -- -- Medgar Evers. Was killed in their front yard in 1963 as he was coming coming back he was field secretary for the NAACP. Mississippi and Mississippi and she she said -- -- forced to be reckoned with and she has been a force to be reckoned with -- -- fifty years of these. But you know she was supposed -- that program that -- showed us earlier that president Obama has his office her name is on action was supposed to. Patents he -- -- word of recognition. Of negro women who has them. And she didn't make it. His remarks so this is this is her first opportunity to be there on. In this -- certainly some fifty years in the making their pours herself a former chairwoman. Of the NAACP working tirelessly and of course now making that call for collective isn't new community bill. We're a for a pullback from individual listening. Yes community community building is this is our neighborhood these our children.

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