Medgar Evers – Part 1


in 1955 the death of Emmett Till was just one more reason for medgar evers to continue his work as a civil rights activist he was the n-double-a-cp s first field representative in Mississippi having grown up in the Jim Crow South Medgar was a man on a mission there were any number of things in his childhood that really made him acutely aware of the in justices and as a young man who volunteered to go into the army to fight for his country in World War two and then come home and find that he was still a second-class citizen not being able to register in vote he said this has to change and he decided that he would be a part of that change Evers fought for change in the racially charged climate of Mississippi Mississippi worked in certain South Africa of America it was like the most oppressive state the most anger and fear and hatred and violence and so his courage in the context of that state took on bigger than life meaning many of us like so many black people whose families before them a raised in the South actually loved the south and they had this tremendous hope that things would change but as mega worked on the frontlines of change he placed his life in jeopardy just working for civil rights in Mississippi as a strike against you

you feel mark person he knew that medgar and his family lived with death threats it was a life of barricaded doors and ever drawn window blinds and safety drills for the children he taught them how to fall to the floor with the sound of gunfire and crawl to the bathroom the bathtub and always take care of their little brother despite the dangers in early 1963 Evers began an active campaign to force the issue of racial inequality in Jackson Mississippi he organized demonstrations went head-to-head with the mayor and the city’s business leaders we were determined on the meadows leadership to forge ahead to crack the system and they were determined to wipe him out because he was a leader on May 28 1963 the n-double-a-cp began sit-ins at Woolworths where blacks were not served at the lunch counter that night someone threw a Molotov cocktail at Evers home damage is minimal but the message was clear the threats the danger made life so precious to us very seldom did we ever part without saying I love you and certainly without embracing each other prophetic Allah and an N double ACP gathering in Jackson on June 7th Evers told the crowd I love my children and I love my wife and

I would die and I gladly if that would make a better life for them we knew we held each other tightly a couple of nights before he was killed and we both cried together and he said it’s not going to be long I said to him I know on the night of June 12th here in what was then the n-double-a-cp office Evers watch with other movement leaders as President John F Kennedy delivered an impassioned speech on civil rights he faced therefore a moral crisis as a country and the people we have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible will uphold the law but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair but the Constitution will be colorblind Medgar was thrilled with a speech and then met with his n-double-a-cp colleagues late into the evening when their meeting was over he drove home in a nearby vacant wooded lot a sniper crouched behind some honeysuckle mecca’s car turned into his driveway as Medgar stepped out of his car he slammed the door shut we had made a pact that whichever one of us were driving we would never get out on the driver side because the driver side faced this vacant lot and we knew that it was a wonderful place to for an assassin to hide that night


he was so tired until he got out on the driver’s side Ivers was shot in the back fell to the ground maker and murli’s worst fears had come true I ran to the front door and saw him lying there and screamed it was only then that the children left that area and came out to join me and asked their father please get up get up daddy get up daddy no longer a father a husband and activist Megha Evers was now a part of history unlike the murders of so many before him his death was not considered a lynching but an assassination it was a real sign of changes to come that his body came all the way to Washington and his widow and little children went to the White House and that he was buried in Arlington Cemetery and accepted as somebody as a martyr he must be looked upon as one who helped liberate and free the state of Mississippi the south and the nation you know he had many opportunity to leave to do something else but he decided to stay and he paid a heavy price he gave his life