Medgar and Myrlie Evers met at Alcorn College (now Alcorn State University) and married on Christmas Eve, 1951. They moved to Mound Bayou, Mississippi where Medgar became a saleman for Magnolia Mutual Life Insurance Company while he also helped to organize local NAACP chapters. In 1954, Medgar applied to the University of Mississippi Law School, but he did not gain admittance. It was shortly after this blow that he took on a more active role in the NAACP and became the first Field Secretary in Mississippi. Myrlie worked right beside her husband. She became her husband’s secretary and together they organized voter registration drives and civil rights demonstrations. For over ten years, they fought the good fight together in the name of desegregation of schools and public places and overall equal rights until Medgar was gunned down in front of their home in 1963. Myrlie kept on fighting for her husband until his murderer, Byron de la Beckwith, was brought to justice in 1994. Myrlie has continued to be an activist for civil rights. She became the NAACP’s first female chairperson from 1995-98  has been a successful business woman and was most recently seen giving the invocation at President Obama’s second inauguration.