Myrlie Evers-Williams speaks on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Saturday August 24, 2013. KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

Myrlie Evers endorses Abrams as antidote to Trump

Myrlie Evers, who became a civil rights activist after her husband was assassinated in 1963, says she believes American voters should elect people like Stacey Abrams in order to get the country back on track.

“It’s about what she brings: her attributes, her morals,” Evers said of Abrams. “Her ability to stand tall and strong in the face of adversity.”

After Medgar Evers was shot and killed in Mississippi, Myrlie Evers took up his causes and later became chairman of the NAACP. Evers, 85, said she can no longer travel the nation like she once did, but she can speak up for Abrams.

“I’m so thankful for the possibility to see positive change coming from many of the people who are running for office,” Evers said. “And I think, hopefully, these people can come into office and clean some of these things up.”

Evers’ disdain for President Donald Trump is not new. She blasted him in the past calling her husband a hero while supporting policies she believes are racist. Evers said Saturday that she has only grown more disappointed in Trump’s statements and policies.

“What we are seeing at this point from the top leadership in this nation, I’ll put it this way: it’s sickening,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday.

Abrams said she was proud to have civil rights leaders backing her campaign, especially one from her home state of Mississippi. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is also supporting her, and he is campaigning with her across Georgia.

“Bringing those two moments together, being able to stand with Congressman John Lewis here in Georgia and having received the endorsement of Myrlie Evers demonstrates that we are on the cusp of history,” Abrams said.

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