First Civil Rights Leader (03:31)
Medgar Evers declared war against the Jim Crow system in the segregated South. Born in Decatur, he achieved a business administration degree from Alcorn A&M University before becoming field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was assassinated on June 12th, 1963.
"For Us the Living" (04:50)
Myrlie Evers wrote the book to preserve her husband's legacy. The American Playhouse Series translated the book to television, starring Howard Rollins Jr. and Irene Cara. Medgar cared about his family and community.
Medgar visited clients and educated them about the role of the NAACP. Myrlie did not want her husband involved. The civil rights activist began a petition drive to integrate Jackson public schools.
Civil Disobedience (03:41)
Emmett Till's murder revealed Mississippi prejudices and racial inequality to the country. African American students protested by forming a sit-in at the white public library. Medgar began a non-violent protest campaign.
African Americans began protesting at Maynard's Department Store. Threats against Medgar's life increased and the NAACP urged him to relocate to California. Myrlie and Medgar believed he would be assassinated one day.
Medgar gave a speech the night before he was shot; an assassin killed him in his doorway. Medgar was willing to pay the price to change Mississippi.
Credits: Who Was Medgar Evers? (00:38)
Credits: Who Was Medgar Evers?
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