The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches
On the evening of June 12, 1963—the day President John F. Kennedy gave his most impassioned speech about the need for interracial tolerance —Medgar Evers, the NAACP’s first field secretary in Mississippi, was shot and killed by an assassin’s bullet in his driveway. The still-smoking gun—bearing the fingerprints of Byron De La Beckwith, a staunch white supremacist—was recovered moments later in some nearby bushes. Still, Beckwith remained free for over thirty years, until Evers’s widow finally forced the Mississippi courts to bring him to justice.The Autobiography of Medgar Evers tells the full story of one the greatest leaders of the civil rights movement, bringing his achievement to life for a new generation. Although Evers’s memory has remained a force in the civil rights movement, the legal battles surrounding his death have too often overshadowed the example and inspiration of his life.Myrlie Evers-Williams and Manning Marable have assembled the previously untouched cache of Medgar’s personal documents, writings, and speeches. These remarkable pieces range from Medgar’s monthly reports to the NAACP to his correspondence with luminaries of the time such as Robert Carter, General Counsel for the NAACP in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. Most important of all are the recollections of Myrlie Evers, combined with letters from her personal collection. These documents and memories form the backbone of The Autobiography of Medgar Evers— a cohesive narrative detailing the rise and tragic death of a civil rights hero.
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June 2005 marks the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of Evers, the civil rights leader and first Mississippi field secretary of the NAACP. His autobiography has been put together for the first time by his widow, Evers-Williams, and Marable (history, Columbia Univ.; W.E.B. DuBois: Black Radical Democrat ) from Evers's unpublished papers and personal collections as well as Evers-Williams's recollections. The resulting text resurrects the life, intellectual output, and creative legacy of the slain civil rights hero. Evers became a marked man throughout Mississippi as a result of his tireless civil rights efforts, which included making it possible for blacks to vote, having the first black, James Meredith, admitted to the University of Mississippi, and bringing national attention to the lynchings of Emmett Till and Mack Charles Parker. In the early 1960s "inside the Evers home, furniture was piled in front of all the windows, and the barricaded nature was not uncommon for a civil rights person in Mississippi." On June 12, 1963, at age 37, Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his home in Jackson. His was the first political assassination of a prominent leader of the modern Black Freedom Movement. This autobiography is deftly organized into eight chapters, the final two being "I Speak as a Native Mississippian" and "After Medgar, No More Fear." These chapters enunciate his greatest achievements: his relentless struggle and determination to stay in Jackson against all odds and his bequest to fear no more. An excellent resource on the Civil Rights Movement for both academic and public libraries.--Edward McCormack, Cox Lib. Media Ctr. & Curriculum Lab, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach
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