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Quotes of the day: Medgar Evers

Published Wednesday, July 01, 2015 @ 8:54 PM EDT
Jul 01 2015

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was a black civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the Civil Rights Movement and was a field secretary for the NAACP. Evers was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens' Council. As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. His murder and the resulting trials inspired civil rights protests, as well as numerous works of art, music, and film. His widow Myrlie Evers became a noted activist in her own right later in life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Freedom has never been free.

Hate is a wasteful emotion, most of the people you hate don’t know you hate them and the rest don’t care.

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.

If we don't like what the Republicans do, we need to get in there and change it.

In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world.

It may sound funny, but I love the South. I don't choose to live anywhere else. There's land here, where a man can raise cattle, and I'm going to do it some day.

I’m looking to be shot any time I step out of my car... If I die, it will be in a good cause. I’ve been fighting for America just as much as the soldiers in Vietnam.

Our only hope is to control the vote.

The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.

The Negro has been here in America since 1619, a total of 344 years. He is not going anywhere else; this country is his home. He wants to do his part to help make his city, state, and nation a better place for everyone, regardless of color and race.

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea.


(July 2 is also the birthday of Herman Hesse and Thurgood Marshall.)

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