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Medgar Evers : Mississippi martyr

Author: Michael Vinson Williams
Publisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers was well aware of the dangers he would face when he challenged the status quo in Mississippi in the 1950s and '60s, a place and time known for the brutal murders of those who challenged the status quo. Nonetheless, Evers consistently investigated the rapes, murders, beatings, and lynchings of black Mississippians and reported them to a national audience, all the while  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Medgar Wiley Evers; Medgar W Evers; Medgar Wiley Evers
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Vinson Williams
ISBN: 9781557289735 1557289735 9781557286468 1557286469
OCLC Number: 741273576
Description: xi, 434 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: "Mama called him her special child": a lineage of resistance --
The "road to Jericho": from the Mississippi Delta to Jackson, Mississippi --
The face of social change: the NAACP in Mississippi --
A bloodied and battered Mississippi: 1955 --
The black wave: conservatism meets determinism --
Riding the rails: freedom ride challenges and the Jackson movement --
Two can play the game: the gauntlet toss --
Mississippi, murder, and Medgar: our domestic killing fields.
Responsibility: Michael Vinson Williams.

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Civil rights activist Medgar Wiley Evers was well aware of the dangers he would face when he challenged the status quo in Mississippi in the 1950s and '60s, a place and time known for the brutal murders of those who challenged the status quo. Nonetheless, Evers consistently investigated the rapes, murders, beatings, and lynchings of black Mississippians and reported them to a national audience, all the while organizing economic boycotts, sit-ins, and street protests in Jackson as the NAACP's first full-time Mississippi field secretary. He organized and participated in voting drives and nonviolent direct-action protests, joined lawsuits to overturn school segregation, and devoted himself to a career that cost him his life. This biography of a lesser-known but seminal civil rights leader draws on personal interviews from Evers's widow, his remaining siblings, friends, schoolmates, and fellow activists to elucidate Evers as an individual, leader, husband, brother, and father. His story is a testament to the important role that grassroots activism played in exacting social change.--From publisher description.

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"Masterful... Williams's great achievement here is in recognizing that Evers was more than just a symbol of resistance. With Mississippi Martyr, he has written the seminal work on the life of Medgar Read more...

 
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