- Associated Press - Sunday, May 4, 2014

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) - Former NAACP Chairman Myrlie Evers will speak to Alcorn State University graduates at the school’s 143rd commencement.

Alcorn will award 440 bachelor’s degrees and 156 master’s degrees on Saturday in Lorman.

Myrlie Evers may be best remembered as the widow of Medgar Evers, the NAACP state field secretary who was gunned down in his driveway in 1963. But she herself was a voting-registration activist. She became the first black woman to head the Southern California Democratic Women’s Division and, in 1995, was elected NAACP chairman.

She has been a scholar-in-residence at Alcorn since January 2012.

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