Myrlie Evers-Williams to be the 2013 Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence

Posted: August 2, 2013

Dear Scripps College Community,

I am pleased to announce that Myrlie Evers-Williams—civil rights activist, author, former chairperson of the NAACP, and business executive—has accepted our invitation to be the 2013 Roxanne Wilson Leader-in-Residence at Scripps College. She will visit the campus November 6-8, 2013.

In addition to three days of small-group interactions with the Scripps community, Evers-Williams will deliver a public presentation in Garrison Theater on the evening of November 7. The specific schedule of activities for her visit is being planned and will be shared once it is finalized.

Myrlie Evers-Williams is accomplished in the business, political, and nonprofit sectors. Her most recent book, Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to Be, provides a glimpse of the wisdom she has to impart to Scripps students for living a life of confidence, courage, and hope.

A tireless advocate for civil rights on behalf of the NAACP, she served as a long-time member of its board and was the first woman elected full-time chairperson of the organization in 1995. She led the NAACP through a difficult time to reach one of stability and focus. She continues to be an influential voice in the fight for civil rights. On January 21, 2013, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama—she was the first woman and first layperson to do so.

Myrlie Evers-Williams was the vice president for advertising and publicity at the New York-based advertising firm Seligman and Lapz, and also served as the national director for community affairs at ARCO, where she led the company’s engagement in community projects, outreach programs, public and private partnership programs, and staff development. Later, she was the first African-American woman to serve as commissioner on the Board of Public Works for the City of Los Angeles. She has received many honors for her lifetime of work, including the NAACP Spingarn Medal, the National Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and seven honorary doctorates. She was also named Ms. magazine’s “Woman of the Year” and one of Ebony magazine’s “100 Most Fascinating Black Women of the 20th Century.”

I encourage you to take time to meet and engage with our distinguished and inspiring Roxanne Wilson Leader- in-Residence this fall.


Lori Bettison-Varga


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