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Treasured Moments In Black History: Medgar Evers

February 7, 2022
BRIGHT-FM

Hope has a strange way of shining. It’s most evident in difficult times. This is Treasured Moments In Black History.

Civil rights activist Medgar Evers understood that God created all men and women to be equal.

Born in Decatur, Mississippi on July 2nd 1925, Evers was surrounded by racism since his birth. He decided to serve his country by enlisting in the United States army in 1943. After fighting over seas during World War II, Evers returned home to fight in an equally brutal war: the war of racism.

Evers attended college which is where he met his future wife, Myrlie Beasley. Evers attempted to enter the University of Mississippi’s law school, but was denied. However, his rejection caught the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who recruited him to become their first field secretary in Mississippi.

Evers organized boycotts and voter registration drives. He also investigated violent crimes committed against Blacks, including the lynching of a slain teen, Emmett Till.

Evers request for justice and equality made him a prize target for hate groups. He received numerous death threats and his house was fire-bombed. Sadly, Evers was shot on June 12, 1963 in his own driveway. Outrage about his murder was one of the key factors that paved the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Although, Evers lost his life, he didn’t lose the war.

This Moody Radio production is brought to you by Moody Publishers and their book Say It! Celebrating Expository Preaching
in the African American Tradition
by Eric C. Redmond.

In every generation, God uses ordinary people to accomplish great things!
Treasured Moments in Black History by Moody Radio remembers the people and events in America that have shaped
history and inspired lives. By looking back and highlighting these moments, you will be inspired,
enriched and encouraged in your faith walk to make history for God’s kingdom.

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