Interview with Myrlie Evers
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

OK, PICK UP THAT MEDGAR WAS THE FIRST TO APPLY—

Myrlie Evers:

Medgar was the first known black to apply for admission to the University of Mississippi. He filled out all applications. He was called for an interview particularly with the Governor. And in the interview they wanted to know why he wanted to go to Old Miss. He did reply that he wanted to study law and he felt that it was, it was his right to be able to, to do that. And with some of the other questions that were asked, I recall Medgar saying, "Yes, and I told them too, that I bathed everyday, and that this black didn't come off. They would have nothing to fear with that." But he felt very strongly about education, and the power that it would give blacks to move ahead in, into society.