Interview with Myrlie Evers


Myrlie Evers:

Those were very difficult times in the sixties for Medgar in terms of his sense of direction. There had been a number of things that he had wanted to do such as work with Dr. King, along with the NAACP, or the NAACP working with SCLC. The national office had indicated that the two organizations needed to stay separate. Medgar, on one hand, certainly admired Dr. King and the nonviolent methods that he had. But he would also see so much happen to , to black people, the killings, the lynchings, the burnings, the deaths, the slow pace, and really being encouraged by the young people to be more forceful. And I think it was that group of college students that helped to light the fire, or to make it burn more in him, to do something that would make things work a little faster. He had had a taste of success with the boycotts of the stores there, and we found that the only way we could get almost 100 percent support of the black community, was not necessarily to talk to them. That was an important part too, but if anyone dared go in one of those stores that it was very necessary to take them in the back alley and take their clothes and purchases and things away from them.