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Medgar Evers Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Decatur, Mississippi, USA
Died in Jackson, Mississippi, USA  (assassination by gunshot)
Birth NameMedgar Wylie Evers
Nickname The Man in Mississippi

Mini Bio (1)

Medgar Evers was born on July 2, 1925 in Decatur, Mississippi, USA as Medgar Wylie Evers. He was married to Myrlie Evers. He died on June 12, 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Family (1)

Spouse Myrlie Evers (24 December 1951 - 12 June 1963)  (his death)  (3 children)

Trivia (12)

Had three children: Darrell Evers, Reena Evers and James Van Evers. Had three nieces: Charlene Evers, Patricia Evers and Carolyn Evers.
Bob Dylan dedicated his song "Only a Pawn in Their Game" to his memory. The song appeared on his album "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (1964).
Field secretary of the NAACP of his home state Mississippi. He worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi (1962), which proceeded with James Meredith's historic admission.
His assassin, Ku Klux Klansman Byron de la Beckwith, was tried three times for the murder, finally being found guilty in 1994 and sentenced to life in prison.
Following his assassination, he was interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors; he was a World War II veteran.
Medgar Evers was assassinated on June 12, 1963, only three weeks away from what would have been his 38th birthday on July 2.
Received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi (1952). He was a member of the university's debate, football and track teams, the college choir, and was junior class president.
On November 5, 1989, Medgar Evers was included among the forty names of people who had died in the civil rights movement; they are listed as martyrs on the granite sculptor of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.
On June 28, 1992, a statue of Medgar Evers was erected in Jackson, Mississippi in his honor. Most of Delta Drive (part of U.S. Highway 49), a library, the central post office for the city, and Jackson-Evers International Airport were named in his honor.
On June 12, 2013, a statue of Medgar Evers was erected at his alma mater, Alcorn State University, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death. Alumni and guests from around the world gathered to recognize his contributions to American society.
On February 16, 2017, Medgar Evers' house in Jackson, Mississippi was designated a National Historical Landmark. The house underwent repairs and stabilization (1995-96), and was restored to its appearance during the Evers residency (2013).
Was friends with James Baldwin. Brother of Charles Evers.

Personal Quotes (10)

[on his decision to remain in his home state Mississippi] This is home. Mississippi is a part of the United States. And whether the whites like it or not, I don't plan to live here as a parasite. The things that I don't like I will try to change. And in the long run, I hope to make a positive contribution to the overall productivity of the South.
It may sound funny, but I love the South. I don't plan to live anywhere else. There's land here where a man can raise cattle, and I'm going to do that some day. There are lakes where a man can sink and hook and fight the bass. There is room here for my children to play, and grow, and become good citizens--if the white man will let them.
[on making a change in Mississippi] At the moment, we don't have any suits pending. But we are doing our best to embarrass the whites to death. For a long time, they literally got away with murder. Now, when a Negro is mistreated, we try to tell the whole world about it.
Violence certainly is not the way. Returning physical harm for physical harm will not solve the problem. And one of our strongest appeals to the conscience of southern whites is that the NAACP has never been linked to violence. Not even the southern bigot has much ground to stand on when he tries to rabble rouse about our winning court decisions. But give him a little Negro violence to point to, and he will have a good selling point for stirring up racial hatred.
[Speech on May 20, 1963] The Negro has been here in America since 1619, a total of 344 years. He is not going anywhere else; this country is his home. He wants to do his part to help make his city, state, and nation a better place for everyone, regardless of color and race. Let me appeal to the consciences of many silent, responsible citizens of the white community who know that a victory for democracy in Jackson will be a victory for democracy everywhere.
[shortly before his martyrdom] Freedom has never been free... I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them.
[shortly before his martyrdom] I'm looking to be shot any time I step out of my car... If I die, it will be in a good cause. I've been fighting for America just as much as the soldiers in Vietnam.
When you hate, the only person that suffers is you because most of the people you hate don't know it and the rest don't care.
The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.
[his famous words] You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.

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