Reena Denise Evers is famous thanks to her parents, Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers-William, both American civil rights activists. She is the middle child in a family of three; her older brother Darrel Kenyatta Evers died in 2001 of colon cancer. Reena’s younger brother James Van Evers was three years old when their father was killed.
In her personal life, Reena Denise Evers married, but the year of her marriage is unknown. Together with her husband, Charles Everette, they are blessed with five children Nicole Everette, Daniel, Vernando, Keith, and Cambi Evers-Everette. Her firstborn daughter, a public relations professional and event planner, Cambi, died in 2018, barely three years after her wedding, due to breast cancer.
Educational Background and Career
Given her parents are educated and activists, Reena Denise Evers must have gone to school and gotten the education required. Not much information on her education is available, but after graduating from high school, she joined college to pursue the course of her choice. Reena joined the New York fashion institute of technology, where she did business merchandising.
On completing her college education, she joined The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute to work as executive director, a position she holds. In 2019, Reena Denise Evers was named into the W.K Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network to learn how to advance racial healing and equity. She is involved mainly in fighting for the civil rights of communities, particularly African-American communities.
Reena Denise Evers’ father became active in Civil Rights Movement after completing his college education. He fought for segregated communities to access public facilities, economic opportunities, and voting rights. After moving to Mississippi, where he became the first field secretary for NAACP, he fought for equal opportunities for African Americans.
White supremacists were uncomfortable with Reena’s father’s civil rights leadership and targeted him to kill him. Weeks before his death, Reena Denise’s home was set ablaze; on June 12, 1963, after arriving at his home, Medgar was shot from the back a few meters from his doorstep.
Myrlie heard the gunshots and started crying and screaming, she ran to the door, where she found her husband on the ground, and she rushed her to the hospital. Reena Denise’s father died barely an hour after arriving at the hospital; he was buried a week later at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Reena’s mother, a civil rights activist, served on The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as the chairwoman. She fought for over 30 years for justice for her husband, who was assassinated in 1963. Reena’s mother has been an integral part of fighting for the rights of blacks, and with her institute, she is making it possible and laying a foundation for a better life for all communities.
Reena Denise Evers is not active on social media platforms as she prefers a private life. However, her parents’ institute has an active Instagram account, and her photos and videos as executive director are sometimes posted. For instance, in a video posted on the page in November 2020, she encouraged people to vote as their vote counts.