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For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story 

Based on the life and times of NAACP field secretary and Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers, assassinated in 1963.



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Episode credited cast:
Medgar Evers
Myrlie Evers
Gloster Current
Jimbo Collins (as Larry Fishburme)
Mildred (as Janet McLaughlan)
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Kevin Crysler ...
Janice E Harris ...


This movie traces the life of Medgar Evers, the former insurance salesman turned NAACP field secretary, who was instrumental in the desegregation of the University of Mississippi and organizing boycotts against discriminating southern white merchants. Although Evers truly believed that the Constitution included the rights within for each American citizen, no matter what color or class, his battle for equality would shockingly conclude with his assassination at the hands of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith on June 12, 1963.

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22 March 1983 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This movie was released in 1983. Medgar Evers' assassin, Byron de la Beckwith, was not convicted until 1994. The details of this investigation were described in the movie Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). See more »

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Earnest, Important, Sad
17 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Medgar Evers might have been forgotten if not for Rob Reiner's ambitious but flawed "Ghosts Of Mississippi." But if one were just to watch that film, one would only know Evers as a dead martyr with a brave widow (Myrlie Evers-Williams), a determined newspaper reporter (Jerry Mitchell) and a brilliant lawyer (Bobby DeLaughter) seeking to bring his killer to justice. However you would not know much about who Medgar Evers was or what he tried to do.

This very earnest film begins and ends with Irene Cara's dramatic reading of Myrlie Evers' words. In between, patient viewers are rewarded with a moving portrait of a determined, dedicated, and doomed man whose life was spent in a noble cause.

Don't expect big stars or flashy production values. Just watch and be absorbed into the life of a great man. THEN watch ""Ghosts Of Missippi!"

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