Interview with Darrell Evers


Darrell Evers:

Oh, OK. My father, Medgar Evers was a very kind and loving man, very strong, had lots of strength that emanated from him. And the thing that made me feel so comfortable being with him was the fact that he was going to protect me. He was going to protect my family. He was going to also educate us and give us every opportunity that everyone else had. And I felt that, you know, when I was younger, and I just feel the love that came from him, you know. As an example, he used to come home at night and we would all be waiting for him if the time was permissible. And he would come home and we would run to the door, and he would say, "Well, I have, you know, some gifts for you," and he would always bring us something—and usually it was Crackerjacks or something like that—and we would just jump all over him. And you know, those times I remember really clear because, you know, some kids might not have that opportunity to be close with their father, you know, every time that they'd see him that he could spend quality time, and quality love. And I don't know, I just remember him educating me, schooling me, teaching me, you know, how to protect myself, how to be strong. Don't let anything, you know, put you down. Don't let anything, you know, take away your rights. And, he, for example, he would teach me how to fight and how to block punches, and he would teach me how to be aggressive in running. He'd teach me how to run straight, run properly. He would run with me, you know, and play with me. He would teach me how to mow the lawn at a very young age, you know—something that my mother thought was, wasn't right, "But he's just a young boy, let him enjoy his childhood." And he says, "I want, I want him to, know, know responsibility." And I really appreciate that, you know.