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Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America

SKU: 9780063068797
Supplier: HarperCollins
Author: Joy-Ann Reid
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Publication Date: 02/06/2024
Language: English
Publisher: Mariner Books
Product Name: Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America
ISBN: 0063068796
SKU: 9780063068797
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      Myrlie Louise Beasley met Medgar Evers on her first day of college. They fell in love at first sight, married just one year later, and Myrlie left school to focus on their growing family.

      Medgar became the field secretary for the Mississippi branch of the NAACP, charged with beating back the most intractable and violent resistance to black voting rights in the country. Myrlie served as Medgar’s secretary and confidant, working hand in hand with him as they struggled against public accommodations and school segregation, lynching, violence, and sheer despair within their state’s “black belt.” They fought to desegregate the intractable University of Mississippi, organized picket lines and boycotts, despite repeated terroristic threats, including the 1962 firebombing of their home, where they lived with their three young children.

      On June 12, 1963, Medgar Evers became the highest profile victim of Klan-related assassination of a black civil rights leader at that time; gunned down in the couple’s driveway in Jackson. In the wake of his tragic death, Myrlie carried on their civil rights legacy; writing a book about Medgar’s fight, trying to win a congressional seat, and becoming a leader of the NAACP in her own right.

      In this groundbreaking and thrilling account of two heroes of the civil rights movement, Joy-Ann Reid uses Medgar and Myrlie’s relationship as a lens through which to explore the on-the-ground work that went into winning basic rights for Black Americans, and the repercussions that still resonate today.

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      Author: Joy-Ann Reid
      Format: Hardcover
      Pages: 352
      Publication Date: 02/06/2024
      Language: English
      Publisher: Mariner Books
      Product Name: Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America
      ISBN: 9780063068797
      Author: Joy-Ann Reid
      Format: Hardcover
      Pages: 352
      Publication Date: 02/06/2024
      Language: English
      Publisher: Mariner Books
      Product Name: Medgar and Myrlie: Medgar Evers and the Love Story That Awakened America
      ISBN: 0063068796

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