Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers
Next Thursday, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library will host a Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Four of our presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and current president, Barack Obama will all be present to reflect back on the civil rights movement and current civil rights issues.
The title for my book A Thousand Never Evers pays homage to the important civil rights activist Medgar Evers. As the first state field secretary in Mississippi for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in Mississippi, Medgar worked to register voters, lead demonstrations, and facilitate economic boycotts against businesses that discriminated. He was assassinated in front of his home for his activism.
Watch this video as I tour Medgar Evers House and Museum in Jackson and speak with the curator, Minnie White Watson.
Also, check out my interview with Minnie White Watson, who discusses what it was like working with Medgar Evers: http://shanaburg.com/educators/a-thousand-never-evers/the-making-of/on-medgar-evers/