Myrlie Evers-Williams is elected to the NAACP chair.
1995 (Feb 18)
The board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) elected Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, chair of the venerable civil rights organization. Ever-Williams succeeded William Gibson, a Greenville, South Carolina, dentist, who had been the NAACP's chairman for ten years. Gibson had also been accused of taking thousands of dollars from the civil rights group. Evers-Williams, age sixty-one, had served as an administrator with the Claremont College system in California and a vice-president of community affairs for the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company in California. In 1970, she ran unsuccessfully for Congress from California, and in 1987 she was appointed a commissioner on the Board of Public Works in Los Angeles. At the time of her election as chair, Evers-Williams had been a member of the NAACP for more than forty years and was the board's vice president.