Student, Alcorn State University. Bachelor in Sociology, Pomona College, 1968. Doctorate (honorary), Pomona College.
Certified, Simmons College. Doctorate (honorary), Medgar Evers College. Doctorate (honorary), Spelman College.
Doctorate (honorary), Columbia College, Chicago. Doctorate (honorary), Bennett College. Doctorate (honorary), Tougaloo College.
Doctorate (honorary), Willamette University.
Member staff, secretary National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Assistant director planning Clarmont (California) Colleges, 1968—1970. Vice president advertising & publicity Seligman & Latz, New York City, 1973-1975.
Director consumer affairs Atlantic Richfield Company. Commissioner Public Works Board, Los Angeles, 1987-1995. Chairwoman National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1995-1998.
Civil rights leader, lecturer.
Author: For Us the Living, 1967, Watch Me Fly, 1999. Co-author (with Steven Kasher) The Civil Rights Movement, 1996, (with Harriet Jacobs) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, 2000, (with Russell J. Rickford) Betty Shabazz, 2003, editor: (with Manning Marable)The Autobiography of Medgar Evers, 2005. Contributing editor Ladies Home Journal.
Candidate for Congress in California, 1970. Candidate for Los Angeles City Council, 1987. Head Southern California Democratic Women's Division.
Convener National Women's Political Caucus. Founder, chairman Medgar Evers Institute. Member advisory board Boys & Girls Clubs Americans Youth for Unity and Allstate Foundation, 2004.
Member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (chairman emeritus, national board directors).
Married Medgar Evers (deceased June 11, 1963). 3 children; Married Walter Edward Williams 1975 (deceased 1995).