Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics


Remembering Medgar Evers

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American Politics | Journalism Studies


Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of the civil rights leader Medgar Evers, is join two other prominent Mississippians to discuss his life and career. Fifty years after his dramatic career was cut short by an assassin's bullet, Medgar Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams -- who devoted her life to his cause -- discusses of his impact as an NAACP leader in Mississippi during the civil rights movement. She was joined by Leslie McLemore, who went on to become a civic leader in Jackson after serving as a young foot soldier in NAACP at the time of Evers' death in 1963, and Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell, who worked with Mrs. Evers-Williams to reopen the murder case and eventually convict Byron De La Beckwith 30 years after the assassination. Introduction by Charles Overby, moderated by Curtis Wilkie.

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