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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 05 October 2010

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, Caldera is sponsoring a discussion with a champion of the civil rights movement, Myrlie Evers-Williams.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, the wife of the late murdered civil rights worker Medgar Evers will lead a keynote speech as part of "Stories of Change." Evers-Williams will speak about her career, her time growing up in Mississippi and her election as the first full-time chairman of the NAACP, among others. Evers-Williams will also discuss her recent decision to join Caldera's board of directors.
Evers began her life of activism in the 1950s, alongside her husband Medgar, who was murdered in the hours after President John F. Kennedy announced that he would be launching new civil rights legislation. She worked to eventually bring his killer to justice in 1994.
Evers-Williams has established the Medgar Evers Institute and she helped found the Naiotnal Women's Political Caucus. She has penned three books, "For Us, the Living," "Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be" and "The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters and Speeches" (co-edited with Manning Marable).
Caldera is an arts organization dedicated "to be a catalyst for transformation through innovative art and environmental programs." They believe that "positive creative expression is fundamental to healthy human development, no matter what are or background."
Order your tickets to the catered luncheon by calling 503-937-7438. Tickets aer $100 a piece or $1,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit, http://www.calderaarts.org/stories/.

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