More on honorees the Dalai Lama, Julius Erving and Myrlie Evers-Williams

By now, you have probably read about the three award honorees announced today by the National Civil Rights Museum: the Dalai Lama (International Freedom Award), Julius "Dr. J" Erving (Legacy Award) and Myrlie Evers-Williams (National Freedom Award). So I thought I'd get everyone caught up on what these three luminaries have been up to lately.

The Dalai Lama, in Geneva for a conference on the Tibet question, said today that China has failed for 60 years to win the trust of minorities. That failure was underscored by deadly clashes in July in western Xinjiang province involving the Turkic Muslim Uighur people. Of course, the Xinjiang clashes came just weeks after the 20th anniversary of the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown, making for a very tough summer for China in the court of international public opinion.

Evers-Williams was honored today as the Jackson (Miss.) Free Press' Person of the Day. The newspaper's article gives a good rundown of her accomplishments, and notes that the "NAACP credits Evers-Williams for spearheading the operations that restored the association to its original status as the premier civil rights organization." She served for three years as chairwoman of the NAACP after the 1994 conviction of Byron De La Beckwith in the 1963 slaying of her husband, Medgar Evers.

Erving is living in Atlanta these days. Last year, he purchased the Heritage Golf Course in Norcross, and he is looking to buy a home in the area. In addition to serving on a host of corporate boards and foundations, he starred last year in commercials for Dr. Pepper.


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