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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Political leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Anything
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons Except Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.$

Birthplace

Born:
9/11/1922
Birth Location:
Decatur, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Political leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Anything
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons Except Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.$

Birthplace

Born:
9/11/1922
Birth Location:
Decatur
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Biography

Civic activist and political leader Charles Evers was born on September 11, 1922 in Decatur, Mississippi to Jess Wright and James Evers. Evers received his B.S. degree from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Lorman, Mississippi in 1950.

Evers enlisted in the United States Army and served overseas during World War II. After his return to the U.S., he began working as the first African American disc jockey at WHOC Radio station in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1951. There, he worked for a family-run funeral home, operated a taxi service, a bootleg liquor business and operated the Evers Hotel and Lounge, which featured blues bands. Evers was active in the Mississippi branch of the NAACP and became the chapter’s state voter registration chairman in 1954. He also became involved with the Regional Council of Negro Leadership in 1952, and often spoke at its national conferences. In 1956, Evers moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he operated Club Mississippi, the Subway Lounge and the Palm Gardens nightclubs. After the assassination of his brother, Medgar Evers, he returned to Mississippi in 1963 and became the field director for the Mississippi branch of the NAACP. In 1969, Evers was elected as mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, the first African American to be elected to this position in the state of Mississippi during the post-Reconstruction era. Evers ran unsuccessfully for governor of Mississippi in 1971 and for United States Senate in 1978, each time as an independent candidate. He remained as mayor of Fayette until 1989. After losing the mayoral election in 1989, Evers became the store manager of WMPR 90.1FM in Jackson, Mississippi.

Evers has often been honored for his work in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1969, the NAACP named him Man of the Year. He was also selected as a Mississippi delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 1972. Evers, has also published two autobiographies, Evers, in 1971, and Have No Fear, in 1997. He has served as an informal advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, George C. Wallace, President Ronald Reagan, and Robert Kennedy.

Evers has seven children; Patricia Murchinson, Charlene Evers-Kreel, Carolyn Crockell, Shelia Evers Blackmond, Yvonne Evers, Wanda Evers and Rachel Evers.

Charles Evers was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 24, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Evers describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Evers describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Evers lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Evers remembers his community in Decatur, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Evers describes his relationship with his brother, Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Evers describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Charles Evers talks about his early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Charles Evers describes his father's lumber stacking business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Charles Evers recalls his decision to enlist in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Charles Evers remembers B.B. King
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Charles Evers recalls his start in the funeral business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Charles Evers talks about his experiences during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Evers remembers picking pecans with Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Evers remembers his family traditions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Evers recalls his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Evers remembers his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Evers remembers the lynching of James Tingle
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Evers remembers his friendship with Jackie Robinson and Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Evers remembers returning to Mississippi after World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles Evers describes his early involvement with the NAACP
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Charles Evers remembers his reason for moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Charles Evers talks about his employment as a bootlegger in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Evers describes his brothel on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Evers recalls his confrontation with the mafia in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Evers talks about his daughters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Evers remembers Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Lorman, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Evers remembers investigating the death of Emmett Till
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Evers describes the assassination of his brother, Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Evers remembers his role in the NAACP after Medgar Evers' death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Charles Evers remembers the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Charles Evers recalls his decision to run for mayor of Fayette, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Charles Evers remembers the Selma to Montgomery March and the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Evers recalls his election as mayor of Fayette, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Evers remembers his gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Evers talks about the acquittal of Medgar Evers' murderer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Evers talks about William Waller and Barack Obama
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Evers talks about leaving the Democratic Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Evers remembers his campaign for U.S. Senate
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Evers describes his relationship with President Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles Evers remembers President Richard Nixon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Charles Evers reflects upon his contributions to the City of Fayette, Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Charles Evers talks about joining the Republican Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Charles Evers talks about his work in the radio industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Evers describes his management of WHOC Radio in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Evers talks about his support for President Donald John Trump
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Evers reflects upon his legacy and message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Evers reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Evers narrates his photographs