UMMC to name research program for Evers-Williams

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is announcing Friday it is naming a research institute on child health disparities and minority men's health after civil rights advocate Myrlie Evers-Williams.

The Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities will be located at the Jackson Medical Mall.

Ever-Williams will attend the announcement at 10 a.m. Friday along with Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs; Dr. Bettina Beech, UMMC associate vice chancellor for population health; U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; and others.

Evers-Williams is the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers. She moved back to Mississippi from Oregon in 2012 to teach at Alcorn State University in Lorman. Evers-Williams was national chairwoman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1995 to 1998.

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