Monday, December 30, 2013

Civil Rights Turmoil: Retelling the Medgar Evers Story via Poetry

via: University of New Orleans

A new book of poetry focuses on the life and death of civil rights leader Medgar Evers through a series of imagined monologues. Evers was the first NAACP field secretary in Mississippi. He organized boycotts to end segregation and helped integrate the University of Mississippi. But he was gunned down in his driveway by a white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in 1963. A new book called "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers" re-creates the voices of those closest to Evers - his wife and his brother, and also his killer. Listen to Interview

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