Myrlie Evers-Williams ’68 Collection at Pomona College

Myrlie Evers-Williams ’68
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Myrlie Evers-Williams ’68 fought for justice for decades after her husband’s assassination, served as chairwoman of the NAACP and gave the invocation before a global audience of millions at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Now, as she nears 90, the civil rights pioneer has donated her archival collection to her alma mater Pomona College to inspire future generations. The thousands of items, ranging from photos with U.S. presidents to campaign materials to congressional transcripts, offer tangible touchpoints of Evers-Williams’ – and the nation’s – turbulent journey toward justice through the Civil Rights Era.

“Mrs. Evers-Williams has led in so many ways through her persistence, faith and unshakeable commitment to the cause,” said Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr. “The College will tend to this collection to educate and encourage others to push forward on the path she did so much to create. We are honored to be entrusted with her extraordinary legacy of brilliance, strength and – yes – love.”

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