The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Wiley Evers will be marked in Brooklyn during Black History Month when The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective hosts a fundraising fashion show, honorarium and commemorate the contribution of the martyred activist.
Slated for Feb. 23, the event will pay tribute to the Mississippi-born, former NAACP Civil Rights activist who was killed June 12, 1963 by racists when he attempted to register Blacks to vote in the south five decades ago. Evers’ half-century tribute will be held at Medgar Evers College, the youngest four-year institution within the City University of New York educational system which grants baccalaureate degrees. Established in his honor in 1970, MEC embraced the motto: “We create success, one student at a time” and since expanded from its original humble beginning in Bedford-Stuyvesant to now competitively align with older institutions offering various schools of learning.
MEC boasts four — The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education and The School of Science, Health, and Technology.
According to Akeem, coordinator of the 24th annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage ritual held at the boardwalk and beach in Coney Island, on that date the Collective will also honor Chine Ifeoma with the African Spirit Award. He will be distinguished for his tireless work with the community.
Fashion Show 2013 will include creations by designers Moshood, Raif, and Akeem Collection.
Spoken word presentations, music and dance performances and a special appearance by Kowteff will highlight the fashion-forward tribute. Vendors will be onsite to provide a wide array of items. The event will be held at the MEC Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Ave., and will begin at 6:30 p.m.