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Autobiography of Medgar Evers A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches

ISBN-10: 0465021786
ISBN-13: 9780465021789
Edition: 2006
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Description: On the evening of June 11, 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.70" wide x 8.15" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

On the evening of June 11, 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 over shadowed 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 from the backbone of The Autobiography of Medgar Evers-- a cohesive narrative detailing the rise and tragic death of a civil rights hero.

Manning Marable was born in Dayton, Ohio on May 13, 1950. In 1968, he served as the local black newspaper's correspondent and marched along with thousands of others during the funeral procession for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He received a bachelor's degree from Earlham College in Indiana, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. He wrote around 20 books during his lifetime including How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life, Speaking Truth to Power: Essays on Race, Resistance and Radicalism, and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. He was a professor of African American studies, history, political science and public affairs at Columbia University. He died from complications of pneumonia on April 1, 2011 at the age of 60.

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