Civil-rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams told a radio host Friday that she refused “sit down and be quiet” after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant credited only President Donald Trump and the state’s two white Republican U.S. senators for a law making her former home a national memorial—a designation the state’s lone black congressman spent years pushing.
Since the early 2000s, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson has pushed for and repeatedly introduced legislation to bring federal recognition and protections to the slain voting-rights activist's historic Jackson home, where white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith shot and killed him in his driveway in June 1963.
On Tuesday, President Trump signed a law making the home a national monument after Congress finally passed the bill on Feb. 27. In a tweet Wednesday, Bryant praised the president for signing it and credited Mississippi’s two white U.S. senators—Sen. Roger Wicker and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.
"Thank you to @realDonaldTrump for signing legislation today to designate Medgar and Myrlie Evers home as a National Monument," he tweeted. "@SenatorWicker & @SenHydeSmith have worked very hard on this for some time and are to be commended."
Evers-Williams was “incensed,” she said.
“I am tired, I am worn, I am weary, but I still have fight in me—that (fight) that Medgar Evers helped build and instill in me,” Evers-Williams told SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison in an interview Friday. “I am too old, I have lived too long, I have given too much to sit down and be quiet about something I feel is unjust.”
She slammed Bryant’s refusal to acknowledge Thompson “and all of the others who over those 16 years (who) have worked to see that the Medgar Evers home becomes a historic home for all Americans.”
Bryant Calls Thompson a ‘Tragic Figure’
On the same day as Bryant’s tweet, Thompson responded with a tweet of his