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Civil rights leader Evers to be honored

Aug. 6, 2009 at 4:42 PM

MEMPHIS, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis says former NAACP chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams will receive its National Freedom Award.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal said Thursday while the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers will receive a National Freedom Award on Oct. 27, spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will be honored with the museum's International Freedom Award.

The Dalai Lama will be presented with the honor at a special ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.

The museum said in addition to honoring Evers-Williams, the Oct. 27 event will feature the presentation of its annual Legacy Award to former basketball player Julius "Dr. J." Erving.

In the wake of his basketball career, Erving has earned a reputation for his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

Museum President Beverly Robertson said an announcement regarding this year's recipient of the museum's Lifetime Achievement Award is forthcoming.

Medgar Evers was killed in 1963 during a civil rights campaign in Mississippi.

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