Civil Rights Activist Myrlie Evers-Williams remembers a different Detroit. One that was thriving when she used to visit her father decades ago when he worked at the Ford Motor Company.
Now she admits the city’s woes are painfully visible, and its national image seems irrevocably tarnished. But tells the residents of Detroit “Don’t give up.” This does not have to be a reality.
Honored on Wednesday night at the 16th Annual Ford Freedom Award for her tireless, 30-year effort to bring the murderer of her slain husband, civil rights activist Medgar Evers, to justice, Evers-Williams spoke poignantly about the Detroit she came to know and love; and the significance of one of its treasures, the Charles H. Wright Museum.
“It’s the largest institution of its kind in the world,” says Evers-Williams, who serves as chairman of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute in Jackson, Mississippi, and is chairman emeritus of the NAACP. “It certainly sends a ray of information and hope for other cities and towns to follow. The outreach to other parts of the world certainly is critical in the development and continued success of Detroit.”