Tickets are still available for Cameron University and Cameron Campus Ministry’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. banquet. Special guest Myrlie Evers-Williams, who delivered the invocation at President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Monday, will address this year’s theme, “Leadership By Action,” during her keynote presentation. The event will take place in the Aggie Rec Center and will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and are available by calling Cameron Campus Ministry at 580-357-7226.
Evers-Williams was originally scheduled to speak at Cameron on Monday, January 21; however, the event was rescheduled after she was invited to participate in President Obama’s inauguration. Tickets purchased for the original date are valid for February 18. Patrons who have already purchased tickets and are unable to attend on the new date can contact Cameron Campus Ministry for a refund.
In addition to delivering the keynote address during the banquet, Evers-Williams will discuss her book, “Us, The Living,” at 5 p.m. on February 18 in the CETES Conference Center. The discussion is open to the public at no charge.
From the moment Myrlie Evers-Williams faced the murder of her husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, she became a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement. For over three decades, she has fought to carry on his legacy, never relenting in her determination to change the face of race relations in this country.
Channeling her personal tragedy into triumph, Evers-Williams has become a symbol of courage and perseverance, steadfast in her march towards social justice. She made history in becoming the first female chairperson to lead the NAACP. Elected during a tumultuous time when the nation’s oldest civil rights organization was rife with financial troubles and scandal, her leadership rejuvenated the agency, helping ensure its relevance for generations to come.
Evers-Williams founded the Medgar Evers Institute to promote education, training, and economic development while exposing new generations of students to the cause for which her husband died. She was also instrumental in launching “Youth for Unity,” a diversity education program designed to fight injustice and intolerance.
She does not rest, driven by strength and faith, determined not to allow lessons of the past to be forgotten. Aiming to infuse the youth of today with hope, tolerance, and an understanding of the struggles our nation has faced, Evers-Williams encourages everyone to work together: “If we can help them understand the past and encourage them to creatively address today’s human rights challenges, they will be in a much better position to help shape the future.”
The 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is co-sponsored by Cameron Campus Ministry and Cameron University. For more information, please contact Cameron Campus Ministry at (580) 357-7226.
January 24, 2013