What would Medgar Evers think about American society now?
"I believe he would look at the landscape of this country and realize what so many of us have said: We have made progress but there's still so much to be done, and if we don't guard the progress we've made, that too will slip away," Evers-Williams said.
She spoke at the University of Mississippi graduation May 11, and the university gave her a humanitarian award — the third it has ever given. After the ceremony, she was attending a campus reception when James Meredith and his wife arrived.
"I ran to the door and I stood there and held my arms out," Evers-Williams recalled with a smile. "I said to him, 'You can't come in here unless you come through me.'"
It was an echo of long-dead segregationist governors.
"We had the biggest laugh," Evers-Williams said. "We laughed until we cried. Here we are, 50-plus years later, and we can do that now."