'Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr' Author Dr. Michael Williams Commemorates the 50th Anniversary
The first time I heard about Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr was in March at the 20th Oxford Conference for the Book at The University of Mississippi (see photos below). Special thanks to Ole Miss Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Kathleen Wickham for assistance during the conference.
The book’s author Dr. Michael Williams, is Professor of History and Director of the African American Studies Program at The University of Texas at El Paso. He was among several panelists who spoke about recent Civil Rights movement books. Dr. Williams’ insights about Medgar Evers provided new information about the slain NAACP field secretary and that’s how I came to call him this week for a telephone interview to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination.
As you will hear in the excerpts below, Williams is passionate about the book and its impact, which extends far beyond Mississippi. Ultimately, he desires more people will be touched and become active in causes that we care about it, a fitting and lasting tribute to Evers -- the ultimate "servant leader."
6/12/2013 02:56:43 am
Regina, Thank you so much for sending this! Thank you for remembering and reminding me of what Medgar Evers did for me, for all Americans. Your questions were fantastic. My favorite question to Dr. Williams was, "How did writing this book change you personally?"And I love his answer. Looks to me like you're doing what you love to do and what you're so good at: being Regina and sharing your passion. Go on, girl, fly! I'll be watching:) Love, Melinda
6/12/2013 05:13:22 am
6/12/2013 02:59:42 am
Look forward to reading the book. Insightful comments.
6/12/2013 05:11:53 am
Linda S. Ball
6/12/2013 07:35:33 am
Regina, Thanks for this timely reminder of Medgar Evers via Dr. Williams’ book. Here’s a link to a Mississippi Department of Archives and History web page that shows some family photos of Medgar and Myrlie at home that you might enjoy. http://bit.ly/18y5VDc Inspiration from your wonderful blog led me to it. I’m also grateful for the insightful Civil Rights tour you gave me and my family when we visited you in Jackson years ago. Keep the faith. Linda
6/12/2013 11:01:20 am
6/12/2013 11:20:39 pm
This reminds me of walking the Oxford Square and shopping Square Books. Its nice to see a picture of Richard, Square Books founder. The book confernece sounds like a book lovers dream.
6/13/2013 04:57:46 am
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Regina L. Burns, M.A., Project+, is an award-winning multimedia editor and journalist, specializing in Black history and African American stories at Harvest Reapers Communications. Her work has been published in Texas Highways magazine, WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as The Commercial Appeal, the Tri-State Defender and The Flyer, among others.