Myrlie Evers-Williams is the widow of Medgar Evers.  Myrlie was waiting inside with their three children when Medgar was gunned down in their driveway on June 12, 1963. It took thirty years for his killer to be brought to justice.

Myrlie is a former chair of the NAACP and a former commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works.  She is currently the Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.  

Today Myrlie gave the invocation at Obama’s second inaugural.  She is both the first woman and the first layperson to give the invocation.