"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
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.
"A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund publication"--T.p. verso.
"He leaned across tomorrow" : Medgar Evers and the future -- Where are the voices "coming from"? : James Baldwin, Margaret Walker, Eudora Welty, and the question of location -- "Agitators" and aesthetics : Jackson's newspapers and the battle for collective memory -- "It wears, it tears at the root of your heart" : Medgar Evers and the civil rights memoir -- Music and Medgar Evers : the heartbeat of memory -- The pocket and the heart