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Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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Some people long for those nostalgic days of yore when neighbors cared about one another, and helped each other in building barns, etc. What they fail to realize is that those Ozzie and Harriet days they long for in past decades was a white man's world, and our African-American citizens have nothing nostalgic to look back on.
Mr. Evers worked himself into exhaustion in the cause for civil rights for those who had them denied. This also caused a great deal of stress in his family. He attempted to integrate the University of Mississippi, but administrators kept changing the rules to make him ineligible. He later worked behind the scenes in the successful admission of James Meredith. Mr. Evers considered Mississippi to be his home, and he wasn't about to give the racists the satisfaction of moving out.
I did find parts of the book to be somewhat more detailed to suit me, but this in no way detracted from my interest in seeing the book through. This is a book that contains a lot of violence that was experienced by the Freedom Riders, and the issues in Birmingham, Alabama, that involved the aptly named racist "Bull" Connor.
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I highly recommend "Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr" and I hope to read more books from Professor Williams in the future.
As I read this work I was able to gain a sense of who Evers was as a person who refused to give in to the racists he lived among and how he was able to transfer his message to the African American community around him. We see who he was as a leader of young people he shepherded in the NAACP youth movement and a leader of all Mississippians, rich and poor, educated and lacking education, but always fighting the fight for what he saw as right and just.
Evers fought the battle for the right to vote as did many returning World War II and Korean War veterans did and he worked with all people, young and old, who were willing to devote themselves to that battle.
Michael Williams' book tells the story of a truly dedicated person, and if the reader wishes to dig deeper into the source materials, he provided us with comprehensive references.