After Medgar

Today [June 4, 2013], President Obama visited with Myrlie Evers-Williams, a civil rights heroine and widow of Medgar Evers, and other members of the Evers family, to commemorate Medgar Evers’ life and contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. President Obama said during the visit that Medgar Evers was a warrior for justice, and the tragedy of his death turned into a rallying cry for a movement. (Read more)

President Barack Obama embraces Myrlie Evers-Williams during her visit in the Oval Office, June 4, 2013. The President met with the Evers family to commemorate the approaching 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ death. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
The Crisis Magazine. 25 Years After Medgar


The complete digitized issue of the magazine can be found here.

50th Anniversary of Medgar Evers' Broadcasting Milestone

In the early 1960s, as Medgar Evers was becoming better known nationally as a civil rights leader in Mississippi, he found himself shut out of local television newscasts in his hometown and the state capital, Jackson.

Although Evers served as the field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, local TV and radio stations never called, his wife, Myrlie, recalled in an interview. (Read more)

Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers


“Turn me loose” was actually the last phrase or set of words that Medgar uttered. He sat up on the hospital bed and said, “Turn me loose,” and then collapsed, and that was it for him. I already made a decision that I would not have him speak through a poem in this collection, but I wanted him to still be present, and that was, for me, a nice frame to put his voice into and to let it drive the story and the narrative. (Frank X. Walker)

The book is available from the library (call number)

An audio rendition with poetry by Frank X. Walker, music of 1963 and historical accounts (audio)

Listen to the interview with Frank X. Walker (audio)

Medgar Evers' Son Honors Civil Rights Icon In His Own Way

James Van Dyke Evers was only 3 when his father, Medgar, was assassinated in the driveway of the family’s home in Jackson, Miss., in June 1963. (Read more)

At his second inauguration, President Obama speaks with Nolan Evers, 12, and Alex Evers, 13, about the importance of their grandfather Medgar’s work, as their grandmother Myrlie Evers-Williams looks on. Photo: J. Van Evers
Say His Name! Remembering Medgar Wiley Evers

Friday, June 12, 2020, marked the 57th Anniversary of Medgar Wiley Evers’ assassination. The College’s 50th Anniversary Committee hosted a virtual ceremony with our President, Provost, faculty, and students to reflect his life and legacy. View video here.

On May 3, 2024 President Biden named nineteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors. Medgar Wiley Evers was awarded posthumously.