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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.


Michael Schultz


Ossie Davis, Myrlie Evers (book) | 2 more credits »
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Episode credited cast:
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Medgar Evers
Irene Cara ... Myrlie Evers
Margaret Avery ... Dottie
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Gloster Current
Laurence Fishburne ... Jimbo Collins (as Larry Fishburme)
Janet MacLachlan ... Mildred (as Janet McLaughlan)
Thalmus Rasulala
Dick Anthony Williams
Paul Winfield
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Crysler Kevin Crysler ... Priest
Janice E Harris Janice E Harris ... Maybelle


This movie traces the life of Medgar Evers, the former insurance salesman turned field secretary for the NAACP, who was instrumental in organizing boycotts against discriminating southern white merchants and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi. 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 hand of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith on June 12, 1963.

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Release Date:

22 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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For Us, the Living See more »

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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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1 July 2000 | by angimSee all my reviews

This movie is a must see for all who are interested in accurate info on the civil rights movement. It was featured on movies in time on the History Channel. Although I enjoyed this movie it left me with a void, which the movie Ghosts of Mississippi filled. Neither can be watched without also seeing the other. Both are a must see for all who want a fuller picture of the events surrounding this great man's life, even if some of it may include a little hype by the movie industry.

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