The NAACP is offering comments on a recent honor that the Navy gave Medgar Evers.
The Navy named a 7000-foot supply ship after the civil rights icon on Friday. According to the Associated Press, the ship will deliver ammunition, food and parts to other vessels.
“The Navy has bestowed a great honor upon an American hero who exhibited courage and commitment ‘not for self but for country’ and community in the face of unparalleled danger in the struggle for equality, justice and freedom,” Vice Chairwoman of the NAACP Board of Directors, Rolyn M. Brock said in a statement.
In his life, Medgar was an NAACP field secretary who organized boycotts, peaceful protests and voter registration drives. He was shot dead in driveway in 1963 by a white supremacist.
The Navy often names vessel after notable people, and Medgar is the first Black person to be honored in this way since January, when President Barack Obam was sworn in. To the NAACP, this is a fitting honor for his legacy.
“Civil rights and race relations in this country were forever changed by Medgar Evers. His pioneering spirit, undying passion and profound personal sacrifice mirror that of our naval heroes,” Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors said.
– Sonya Eskridge