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Civil rights icons honored

(WMC-TV) - Two civil right icons were honored in the Mid-South Friday in Jackson. Mississippi.

Both were given awards for the work they did in Miss. One as an elected leader - the other as an activist.

The Mississippi Center for Justice recognized Myrlie Evers-Williams and former Governor William Winter as champions of justice.

The ninth annual event was hosted at the Jackson convention complex, and more than 600 people were in attendance.

The civil rights activists encouraged attendees to give back and fight injustice in the state.

Winter thanked Evers for her civil rights efforts, and called her a world treasure.

The Mississippi Center for Justice understands its mission of equality has many strides to make in the state.

"We actually cut the ribbon on our first office on the 40th anniversary of the slaying of Medgar Evers and we committed ourselves that day to take the accomplishments, that were mentioned tonight, of the civil rights movement but recognize that the job was not yet done," said Martha Bergmark , President of The Mississippi Center for Justice.

Aside from honoring the two icons the center also received some support. Sponsorships for today's event helped raise $360,000 for the center.

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