12 Greatest Medgar Evers Quotes

12 Greatest Medgar Evers Quotes

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Medgar Evers was a black civil rights activist and secretary for the NAACP. He grew up in Mississippi and went on to fight in World War II with the U.S. Army. After he was elected as field secretary for the NAACP he started organizing protests, boycotts, and new chapters of the organization all over Mississippi. He was assassinated in his driveway in 1963.

“Freedom has never been free.”

“Hate is a wasteful emotion, most of the people you hate don’t know you hate them and the rest don’t care.”

“I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them.”

“If we don’t like what the Republicans do, we need to get in there and change it. . .”

“I’m looking to be shot any time I step out of my car . . . If I die, it will be in a good cause. I’ve been fighting for America just as much as the soldiers in Vietnam.”

“In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world.”

“It may sound funny, but I love the South. I don’t choose to live anywhere else. There’s land here, where a man can raise cattle, and I’m going to do it some day.”

“Our only hope is to control the vote.”

“The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.”

“The Negro has been here in America since 1619, a total of 344 years. He is not going anywhere else; this country is his home. He wants to do his part to help make his city, state, and nation a better place for everyone, regardless of color and race.”

“When a black Jacksonian looks about his home community, he sees a city of over 150,000, of which 40% is Negro, in which there is not a single Negro policeman or policewoman, school crossing guard, or fireman.”

“You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.”