Monday, June 12, 2017 remembering Early Wednesday Morning June 12, 1963
In His And My Words, My Voice
Project Uplift Literacy
Medgar Evers, Rest In Peace
We Remember Medgar Evers
Just after midnight on June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers was returning home from a day of nation building, conscious building, and ensuring that his children or any of the other children of the State of Mississippi wouldn’t face the same obstacles that he and his brother Charles faced growing up in belly of bigotry and hatred. He knew waiting for him at home was his lovely wife Myrlie and three wonderful children. His children and his wife were the reason Medgar committed his energies to gain full civil and social equality for the black peoples in the State of Mississippi. Earlier that evening President Kennedy had spoken to the nation about his plans to pass civil rights legislation in Congress protecting the rights of black people in this nation. I wonder if Medgar thought as he listened to that speech didn’t the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution guarantee those rights? Why create additional legislation why not simply enforce what was promised when slavery ended. Medgar has seen in the State of Mississippi for almost a decade the Brown versus the Board of Education Supreme Court decree outlawing separate but equal defied openly without any opposition from either the State or Federal Government. Would this be just another ploy rather than a true solution to the “negro problem” in America?
Medgar Evers committed his life to being the very best State Field Secretary for the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, he could be. So what if he ruffled feathers, so what if he was despised by a great majority of the white people in the state, so what if people who would normally associate with Medgar and his family avoided him. Medgar’s goals were people oriented not self-oriented. There, of course, were prices to pay for his choice to uplift people in the State of Mississippi. You see White Mississippians were not the kind of people who sat by and easily gave up their positions of power and supremacy. Medgar Evers had a target on his chest and a price on his head. He was a symbol of black hope for the communities across the State of Mississippi and the one thing that stirred the pot of bigotry in white people more than anything else was the idea of black people have any level of hope. Medgar Evers could have easily chosen to stay at home bow down when he passed a white person and went about his business and accepted what the white’s excepted of black people, total and complete subjection. However, Medgar had experienced the world outside of Mississippi and he fully understood that the behavior excepted was never going to be the behavior he gave to a white person. He would respect those who respected him and he would defy those who disrespected his manhood. That attitude placed a scope sighted directly on him and Medgar knew that his life was numbered not on years, or decades, but on days and months. Yet he continued to build his world.
The upcoming movie Black Panther, reveals a mythical country named Wakanda, located on the continent of Africa. This country unseen by any living soul except those Wakandans. This country of proud black people protected by a mythological being of immense power, bullet-proof, and defiant T’Challa. T’Challa who has the speed, power, deadly strike of a panther protects this black world against all who may seek it’s demise. The preview of this movie is causing ripples of faith across our black communities now. Some people are even saying that this fantasy movie changes attitudes people have about people of color. Really, all it took after nearly 1/2 a thousand years of bigotry, prejudice, physical and mental abuse was a movie from Marvel’s fantasy universe? Well, today as I did with Marcus Garvey on Saturday I deliver to you this morning our T’Challa. He wasn’t bullet-proof as Byron De La Beckwith showed us in his cowardly act of murdering Medgar Evers in the driveway of his home in front of his wife and kids. Yet. Medgar Evers understood one thing about the fragility of human life. You may kill the man, and the man’s body and brain but the ideals and ideas that were initiated by that man will continue to live on. Especially if those ideas were people oriented not self-oriented. Medgar Evers felt even in all the sick hatred that polluted the air of Mississippi, that Mississippi held the keys to life’s enjoyment. He saw in the State of Mississippi his own Wakanda, a real land that would allow people of all colors to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Today, I am going to read a speech that Medgar Evers gave to a television audience on May 20, 1963, about 3 weeks before his murder in his driveway of his home on June 12, 1963. Medgar Evers spoke about why and what he felt as a Black Mississippian. What he and every Black Mississippian wanted and sought as rightful and promised, nothing more, or less than what any other citizen excepted. Medgar Evers could have easily decided to take his family any place else to live. In doing so would have probably lived a long and prosperous life but Medgar’s dream was people oriented and his Wakanda, that place of total freedom and joy existed in a land his father, and father’s helped build in Mississippi. I hope you enjoy today’s In His and My Words, My Voice, Medgar Evers, on the 54th anniversary of his assassination in Jackson, Mississippi June 12, 1963, in the driveway of his home. The hope and dreams that motivated Medgar Evers to press on when others would have stopped are still are alive today even if some say that the light is flickering.