“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.”—
June 7, 1963.
Someone said … that Medgar did more in death than he accomplished in life. Now, I don’t know whether that’s so. But his death did accomplish a lot. And when I met with President [John F.] Kennedy and the children and Charles [Evers] … the president signed a draft copy of the civil-rights bill … he said to me, ‘Your husband’s death will make this possible.”
Myrlie Evers, August 21, 2004
Taken from “The Autobiography of Medgar Evers” (page 292)
Alcorn State Dedicates Medgar Wiley Evers Heritage Village
“There are so many people who have given their all for us,” says Myrlie Evers, former Alcorn student and renowned Civil Rights activist. “Bodies in front of trucks, washed by fire hoses, chased by dogs, and fired on by bullets. We must remember our history and make sure this generation is prepared to stand up and take the same just stand.”
Alcorn students, alumni, employees, local elected officials, state legislators, visitors from Chamberlain Hunt Academy, former classmates and family members of Medgar Wiley Evers ‘52 gathered in the Oakland Memorial Chapel for Founders Day 2011 Convocation where his wife Myrlie Evers delivered the convocation address.
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