Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Eulogy for Medgar Evers by Dr. T.R.M. Howard

Civil rights activist Dr. T.R.M. Howard gives the eulogy for Medgar Evers in June 1963 (about 2:20 minutes in). The announcer mistakenly describes him as a "reverend."

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) 
As the head of a mass movement in Mississippi, Howard a key nationally-known figure in the civil rights movement in the 1950s. He was the main mentor to not only Evers but Fannie Lou Hamer. Howard was one of the wealthiest blacks in Mississippi headed a large civil rights organization, the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, and was instrumental in finding witnesses and evidence in the Emmett Till case. He was president of the National Medical Association (the black counterpart of the AMA) and chairman of the board of the National Negro Business League (the black counterpart of the Chamber of Commerce).

The speaker following Howard is his friend Roy Wilkins, the head of the NAACP.

This audio is part of the collection: Community Audio

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