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On the evening of June 12, 1963—the day President John F. Kennedy gave his most impassioned speech about the need for interracial tolerance —Medgar Evers, the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi, was shot and killed by an assassin's bullet in his driveway. The still-smoking gun—bearing the fingerprints of Byron De La Beckwith, a staunch white supremacist—was recov On the evening of June 12, 1963—the day President John F. Kennedy gave his most impassioned speech about the need for interracial tolerance —Medgar Evers, the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi, was shot and killed by an assassin's bullet in his driveway. The still-smoking gun—bearing the fingerprints of Byron De La Beckwith, a staunch white supremacist—was recovered moments later in some nearby bushes. Still, Beckwith remained free for over thirty years, until Evers's widow finally forced the Mississippi courts to bring him to justice. The Autobiography of Medgar Evers tells the full story of one the greatest leaders of the civil rights movement, bringing his achievement to life for a new generation. Although Evers's memory has remained a force in the civil rights movement, the legal battles surrounding his death have too often overshadowed the example and inspiration of his life.Myrlie Evers-Williams and Manning Marable have assembled the previously untouched cache of Medgar's personal documents, writings, and speeches. These remarkable pieces range from Medgar's monthly reports to the NAACP to his correspondence with luminaries of the time such as Robert Carter, General Counsel for the NAACP in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. Most important of all are the recollections of Myrlie Evers, combined with letters from her personal collection. These documents and memories form the backbone of The Autobiography of Medgar Evers — a cohesive narrative detailing the rise and tragic death of a civil rights hero.


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On the evening of June 12, 1963—the day President John F. Kennedy gave his most impassioned speech about the need for interracial tolerance —Medgar Evers, the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi, was shot and killed by an assassin's bullet in his driveway. The still-smoking gun—bearing the fingerprints of Byron De La Beckwith, a staunch white supremacist—was recov On the evening of June 12, 1963—the day President John F. Kennedy gave his most impassioned speech about the need for interracial tolerance —Medgar Evers, the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi, was shot and killed by an assassin's bullet in his driveway. The still-smoking gun—bearing the fingerprints of Byron De La Beckwith, a staunch white supremacist—was recovered moments later in some nearby bushes. Still, Beckwith remained free for over thirty years, until Evers's widow finally forced the Mississippi courts to bring him to justice. The Autobiography of Medgar Evers tells the full story of one the greatest leaders of the civil rights movement, bringing his achievement to life for a new generation. Although Evers's memory has remained a force in the civil rights movement, the legal battles surrounding his death have too often overshadowed the example and inspiration of his life.Myrlie Evers-Williams and Manning Marable have assembled the previously untouched cache of Medgar's personal documents, writings, and speeches. These remarkable pieces range from Medgar's monthly reports to the NAACP to his correspondence with luminaries of the time such as Robert Carter, General Counsel for the NAACP in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. Most important of all are the recollections of Myrlie Evers, combined with letters from her personal collection. These documents and memories form the backbone of The Autobiography of Medgar Evers — a cohesive narrative detailing the rise and tragic death of a civil rights hero.

30 review for The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through his Writings, Letters, and Speeches

  1. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Shareef

    My husband and I read separate copies together. This was such an interestingly crafted autobiography. Each chapter begins with exposition by Manning Marable but is then further corroborated by essays, letters, speeches, and reports written by or about Medgar Evers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    What an amazing man: intelligent, selfless, tireless, passionate, committed, courageous. "You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea." "Freedom has never been free... I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them." "Theoretically, we are the greatest exponents of democracy of any nation in the world, but this on paper, and not in the hearts of men who control the policies of this great country." "Only in Nazi Germ What an amazing man: intelligent, selfless, tireless, passionate, committed, courageous. "You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea." "Freedom has never been free... I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them." "Theoretically, we are the greatest exponents of democracy of any nation in the world, but this on paper, and not in the hearts of men who control the policies of this great country." "Only in Nazi Germany has such inhuman cruelty been equaled." "Sure, you're scared at first, but then you get mad. You think 'When it comes, I'm ready.' You know that if you stay scared, you can't do anything."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Great insight into a man who work tirelessly in the Black Freedom movement. Each chapter starts with a narrative from his wife and then personal documents from Medgar. Many of the reports and speeches are relative so I found myself bored a quarter of the way through the book. Very informative of the events during that time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe Hall

    So much of Medgar Evers life is shrouded in the darkness of Mississippi's racial hatred. Yet, Mr. Evers spirit was fearless and his purpose was defiant. Every child should understand the greatness of Medgar Evers. This book is a great place to start. So much of Medgar Evers life is shrouded in the darkness of Mississippi's racial hatred. Yet, Mr. Evers spirit was fearless and his purpose was defiant. Every child should understand the greatness of Medgar Evers. This book is a great place to start.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael C.

    Terrific book! A look back at one of the most dedicated and understated leaders of the Civil Rights movement. A man who's life was taken by one of many that wanted him gone. Terrific book! A look back at one of the most dedicated and understated leaders of the Civil Rights movement. A man who's life was taken by one of many that wanted him gone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    a repetitive collection of administrative documents

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