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Williams, Michael Vinson, 1971-
Medgar Evers [electronic resource] : Mississippi martyr / Michael Vinson Williams
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2011
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Subject Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- Biography
Subject(s) African American civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Jackson -- Biography
Civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- Jackson -- Biography
Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century
Subject Mississippi -- Race relations
Jackson (Miss.) -- Biography
Physical Description xi, 434 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-415) and index
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
Summary 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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