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Document Details


Title: Charles Evers
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage
Collection: Civil Rights Documentation Project
Description: Interview conducted on December 3, 1971 with the Honorable Charles Evers at his office in Fayette, Mississippi. Evers was born on September 11, 1922 in Decatur, Mississippi. In 1950, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science. Evers served in World War II and the Korean War. In June of 1963, when his brother Medgar Evers was murdered, Evers moved back to Mississippi to carry on his brother's civil rights work. After working for five years at voter registration and related civil rights activities, Evers entered into Mississippi politics in 1968. He became a candidate for United States Representative from Mississippi's third Congressional district but lost the election. Evers was elected Mississippi's Democratic National Committeeman. In 1969, he was elected mayor of the town of Fayette, Mississippi, and in 1971 was defeated by Bill Waller in his bid to become Mississippi's first black governor.
Extent: 1 page
URL: http://anna.lib.usm.edu/%7Espcol/crda/oh/oheverscp.html
Restrictions: The transcript is presented here for reference purposes only. Interviews in this collection are protected by copyright. PERMISSION TO PUBLISH MUST BE REQUESTED from the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1971 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Evers, Charles, 1922-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 11-Sep-1922
Speaker place of birth: Decatur, MS; Mississippi; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Civil rights activist; Mayor
Age at speaking: 49
Document date: 03-Dec-1971
Interviewer: Smith, Robert
Organizations discussed: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; White Citizens Council
Historical events discussed: Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-
Locations discussed: Mississippi; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans; Civil rights demonstrations; Civil rights movements--United States; Martin Luther King's March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963; Mississippi; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Baltimore, MD; North America; Oral history; Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, US; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965; U.S. Civil Rights Movement, 1966-; United States; White Citizens Council
Topics discussed - Other terms: Activism
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023566-25079