Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers talked with author Kathryn Stockett, author of the New York Times #1 best-seller “The Help,” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, on 106.7 FM KPOV, Bend Community Radio.
Evers-Williams and Stockett spoke with one another for the first time on “Open Air,” KPOV’s weekly program of news, entertainment and conversation hosted by Dawn Newton. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
Medgar Evers was murdered in front of his family in Jackson,
Mississippi, in 1963. Stockett’s book, the Deschutes County Library
selection for its 2010 “A Novel Idea…Read Together” program, focuses on
the lives of African-American and white women in 1963 Jackson and
prominently features the murder of Evers in its plot.
Evers-Williams is a Bend resident and long-time civil rights leader.
She was the first woman elected chair of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People in 1995 and continues to serve on the
NAACP’s national board.
She worked doggedly for over 30 years to bring the murderer, Byron
De La Beckwith, to justice. Beckwith, a Ku Klux Klan member who boasted
of killing Evers, was convicted in 1994 and served a life sentence until
his death in 2001.
Stockett’s “The Help” is being read and discussed throughout
Deschutes County and is the subject of several library-sponsored events
in April and May. She will speak at the Tower Theater May 7.
KPOV’s “Open Air” is a unique mix of news, issues and entertainment.
Host Dawn Newton engages guests in thought-provoking and entertaining