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Charles Evers, MEdgar Evers
Charles Evers, MEdgar Evers' Big Bro., On Donald Trump's Victory & Trump's Black Agenda
Published: 2016/11/23
Channel: WeAllBeTV
Charles Evers
Charles Evers
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: Peter Beary
Charles Evers, MEdgar Evers
Charles Evers, MEdgar Evers' BroTHEr: I Support Donald Trump, Hillary Won't WIN & I Love WhITe WoMEn
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: WeAllBeTV
"My Brother
"My Brother's Keeper: Charles Evers Interview (The Brother Of Medgar Evers)" (Summer 2008)
Published: 2013/06/16
Channel: WeAllBeTV2
Charles Evers speaking at UCLA 2/18/1969
Charles Evers speaking at UCLA 2/18/1969
Published: 2014/04/06
Channel: UCLACommStudies
Brother Of Civil Rights Icon Medgar Evers Endorses Trump | MSNBC
Brother Of Civil Rights Icon Medgar Evers Endorses Trump | MSNBC
Published: 2016/03/07
Channel: MSNBC
Mississippi’s First Black Mayor Charles Evers Endorses Trump For President
Mississippi’s First Black Mayor Charles Evers Endorses Trump For President
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Mark F
SYND 14-5-69 BLACK LEADER CHARLES EVERS IN BID TO BECOME MAYOR OF FAYETTE MISSISSIPPI
SYND 14-5-69 BLACK LEADER CHARLES EVERS IN BID TO BECOME MAYOR OF FAYETTE MISSISSIPPI
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
Fast Five with Charles Evers
Fast Five with Charles Evers
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: AviationWeek
Charles Evers On Why He Won
Charles Evers On Why He Won't Watch "The Help"
Published: 2012/02/25
Channel: 16 WAPT News Jackson
Charles Evers Speaks About
Charles Evers Speaks About 'The Help'
Published: 2012/02/24
Channel: 16 WAPT News Jackson
Charles Evers
Charles Evers
Published: 2015/09/07
Channel: Michael Layne
Charles Evers remembers Bert Case
Charles Evers remembers Bert Case
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: 16 WAPT News Jackson
Charles Evers Remembers Kennedy
Charles Evers Remembers Kennedy
Published: 2009/08/27
Channel: 16 WAPT News Jackson
Charles Evers On Medgar Evers, Baltimore Riots, Selma, Mike Brown, Police Brutality & B.B. King
Charles Evers On Medgar Evers, Baltimore Riots, Selma, Mike Brown, Police Brutality & B.B. King
Published: 2015/05/07
Channel: WeAllBeTV
Charles Evers signs weed petition
Charles Evers signs weed petition
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: 16 WAPT News Jackson
SAY IT AINT SO CHARLES EVERS
SAY IT AINT SO CHARLES EVERS
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: DougEsWhURL 2016
IN THE SOUTH~JACKSON, MS~  INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES EVERS
IN THE SOUTH~JACKSON, MS~ INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES EVERS
Published: 2010/10/25
Channel: FROMAWALKTOAJOURNEY1
Charles Evers Birthday Bash
Charles Evers Birthday Bash
Published: 2012/09/11
Channel: buddyballus
Evers predicted Trump win
Evers predicted Trump win
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: 16 WAPT News Jackson
Let
Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-3-10 - Ken Sullivan for Senator District 36
Published: 2010/02/15
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Civil Rights Icon Charles Evers Endorsing And Voting For Donald Trump In Mississippi 2016 Election
Civil Rights Icon Charles Evers Endorsing And Voting For Donald Trump In Mississippi 2016 Election
Published: 2016/04/18
Channel: Sayitinlove
Charles Evers - additional footage from Mississippi ReMixed
Charles Evers - additional footage from Mississippi ReMixed
Published: 2014/01/08
Channel: Myra Williams Ottewell
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-1710-part 6
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Charles Evers Quotes
Charles Evers Quotes
Published: 2012/03/22
Channel: quotetank
Charles Evers: "Trump.. Revitalize Catfish Industry" - NFP Clip
Charles Evers: "Trump.. Revitalize Catfish Industry" - NFP Clip
Published: 2016/03/18
Channel: Nightmare Fuel Podcast
Lets Talk with Mr. Charles Evers  Show 1-20-10b-On Air Calls-1
Lets Talk with Mr. Charles Evers Show 1-20-10b-On Air Calls-1
Published: 2010/02/05
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
A Meeting with Charles Evers
A Meeting with Charles Evers
Published: 2013/07/24
Channel: Corey MacPherson
Let
Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-24-10 - part 1 On Air Callers
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Lets Talk with Mr. Charles Evers  Show 1-20-10b- On Air Calls-2
Lets Talk with Mr. Charles Evers Show 1-20-10b- On Air Calls-2
Published: 2010/02/05
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Like Father Like Son & Thank You Charles Evers: WW2 Vet & Son REmember Selma Experience #Selma50
Like Father Like Son & Thank You Charles Evers: WW2 Vet & Son REmember Selma Experience #Selma50
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: WeAllBeTV
Have No Fear The Charles Evers Story
Have No Fear The Charles Evers Story
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: John Capps
5989 Charles D Evers Dr
5989 Charles D Evers Dr
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: JWB ConstructionGroup
Let
Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-3-10 - Women For Progress of MS, Inc
Published: 2010/02/15
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Let
Let'sTalk with Charles Evers-Show 1-20-10_p1-The Piney Woods School
Published: 2010/01/28
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Charles Evers Of WMPR Interviews  Jackson Mayoral Candidate Regina Quinn
Charles Evers Of WMPR Interviews Jackson Mayoral Candidate Regina Quinn
Published: 2013/03/21
Channel: thegreatmayhoo
Let
Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Promo
Published: 2010/01/27
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-1710-part 2
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-1710-part 3
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Rep. Credell Calhoun - Let
Rep. Credell Calhoun - Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-24-10 - part 5
Published: 2010/03/04
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-1710-part 1
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
R L STEWART AND CHARLES EVERS
R L STEWART AND CHARLES EVERS
Published: 2013/08/17
Channel: mrbigterre
Let
Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-24-10 - part 2 On Air Callers
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
Scott Sisters, Evelyn Rasco on Charles Evers show.avi
Scott Sisters, Evelyn Rasco on Charles Evers show.avi
Published: 2010/03/18
Channel: niteskolar
Let
Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-24-10 - part 3 On Air Callers
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let
The Scott Sisters -Evelyn Rasco on Let's Talk with Charles Evers-Show 2-1710-part 4
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
92nd Charles Evers Birthday Bash Concert coming to "Club Me & U"
92nd Charles Evers Birthday Bash Concert coming to "Club Me & U"
Published: 2014/08/14
Channel: vwurld
honoring Mr  Charles Evers & Medgar EVERS
honoring Mr Charles Evers & Medgar EVERS
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: Annie Fairley
Lets Talk with Mr. Charles Evers  Show 1-20-10b-On Air Calls-3
Lets Talk with Mr. Charles Evers Show 1-20-10b-On Air Calls-3
Published: 2010/02/05
Channel: CunningWorkerTV
SLAIN CIVIL- RIGHTS ACTIVIST MEDGAR EVERS
SLAIN CIVIL- RIGHTS ACTIVIST MEDGAR EVERS' BROTHER ENDORSES DONALD TRUMP
Published: 2016/03/06
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Charles Evers
Charles Evers.jpg
Mayor of Fayette, Mississippi
In office
1985–1989
Preceded by Kennie Middleton
Succeeded by Kennie Middleton
In office
1969–1981
Preceded by R. J. Allen
Succeeded by Kennie Middleton
Personal details
Born James Charles Evers
(1922-09-11) September 11, 1922 (age 95)
Decatur, Mississippi, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican (1978–present)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (1969–1978)
Democratic (before 1960s)
Spouse(s) Christine Evers (annulled)
Nannie Laurie (m. 1951; div. 1974)
Relations Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers-Williams
Residence Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Alma mater Alcorn State University
Occupation Civil rights activist
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of War.png United States Army
Battles/wars World War II

James Charles Evers (born September 11, 1922) is an American civil rights activist and former politician. A Republican, Evers was known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement along with his younger brother Medgar Evers.[1] He was made the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) State Voter Registration Chairman in 1954. After his brother's assassination in 1963, Evers took over his position as field director of the NAACP in Mississippi. As field director, Evers organized and led many demonstrations for the rights of African Americans.[1]

In 1969, Evers was named “Man of the Year” by the NAACP.[2] In 1969, Evers was elected in Fayette, Mississippi as the first African-American mayor in the state in the post-Reconstruction era, following passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which enforced constitutional rights for citizens.[2] He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1971 and the United States Senate in 1978, both times as an Independent candidate. In 1989, Evers was defeated for re-election after serving nearly twenty years as mayor.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Evers was born in Decatur in Newton County in east central Mississippi, Evers was reared by devoutly Christian parents, Jesse (Wright) and James Evers.[4] He had a younger brother Medgar, with whom he was close. They attended segregated public schools, which were typically underfunded in Mississippi following the exclusion of African Americans from the political system by disenfranchisement after 1890.[1] Evers graduated from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi.[5]

Career[edit]

During World War II, Charles and Medgar Evers both served in the United States Army.[1] Charles fell in love with a Philippine woman while stationed overseas.[6] He could not marry her and bring her home to his native Mississippi because the state's constitution prohibited interracial marriages.[2]

Before and after the war, Evers participated in bootlegging operations, prostitution, and numbers in Mississippi and Chicago. He revealed this part of his past in 1971 prior to his campaign for governor.[1] He said he was not proud of it, but was proud that he had changed his life and left such crime activities far behind.[4]

Civil rights activism[edit]

In Mississippi about 1951, brothers Charles and Medgar Evers grew interested in African freedom movements. They were interested in Jomo Kenyatta and the rise of the Kikuyu tribal resistance to colonialism in Kenya, known as the "Mau-Mau" Rebellion as it moved to open violence.[2] Along with his brother, Charles became active in the Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL), a civil rights organization that promoted self-help and business ownership.[7] Between 1952 and 1955, Evers often spoke at the RCNL's annual conferences in Mound Bayou, a town founded by freedmen, on such issues as voting rights.[8]

Around 1956, Evers' entrepreneurial gifts and his civil rights activism landed him in trouble in Philadelphia, Mississippi.[1] He left town and moved to Chicago, Illinois. There, he fell into a life of hustling, running numbers for organized crime, and managing prostitutes.[8] His brother Medgar continued to be involved in civil rights, becoming field secretary and head of the NAACP in Mississippi.[7]

On June 12, 1963, Byron De La Beckwith, a Democrat and a member of a KKK chapter, fatally shot Evers' brother, Medgar, in Mississippi as he arrived home from work.[9] Evers died at the hospital in Jackson.[9] Evers was working in Chicago at the time of his brother's death.[2] He was shocked and deeply upset by his brother's assassination.[1] Over the opposition of more establishment figures in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) such as Roy Wilkins, Evers took over his brother's post as head of the NAACP in Mississippi.[2]

Mayor of Fayette[edit]

In 1969, following passage of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, which authorized federal enforcement of the right to vote, Evers was elected mayor of Fayette, Mississippi. He was the first African-American mayor elected in his state since Reconstruction.[2] In a rural area dominated by cotton plantations, Fayette had a majority of black residents.[3] Its minority white community was known to be hostile toward blacks.[3]

Evers' election as mayor had great symbolic significance statewide and attracted national attention. The NAACP named Evers the 1969 Man of the Year. Author John Updike mentioned Evers in his popular novel Rabbit Redux (1971).[10] Evers popularized the slogan, "Hands that picked cotton can now pick the mayor."[10]

Evers served many terms as mayor of Fayette.[1] Admired by some, he alienated others with his inflexible stands on various issues. Evers did not like to share or delegate power. Evers lost the Democratic primary for mayor in 1981 to Kennie Middleton. Four years later, Evers defeated Middleton in the primaries and won back the office of mayor. In 1989, Evers lost the nomination once again to political rival Kennie Middleton.[3] In his response to the defeat, Evers accepted his defeating citing that he was tired and that: "Twenty years is enough. I'm tired of being out front. Let someone else be out front."[3]

Political influence[edit]

Evers endorsed Ronald Reagan for President of the United States during the 1980 United States presidential election.[11] Evers later attracted controversy for his support of judicial nominee Charles W. Pickering, a Republican, who was nominated by President George H. W. Bush for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals.[12] Evers criticized the NAACP and other organizations for opposing Pickering, as he said the candidate had a record of supporting the civil rights movement in Mississippi.[13]

Evers has befriended a range of people from sharecroppers to presidents. He was an informal adviser to politicians as diverse as Lyndon B. Johnson, George C. Wallace, Ronald W. Reagan and Robert F. Kennedy.[2] On the other hand, Evers has severely criticized such national leaders as Roy Wilkins, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and Louis Farrakhan over various issues.[2]

In recent years, Evers has been a member of the Republican Party.[14] In 2009, however, he spoke warmly of the rise of Barack H. Obama as the first African-American U.S. President.[14] In 2016, Evers returned to the GOP to support Donald Trump for the presidential nomination.[15]

Electoral campaigns[edit]

In 1968 Evers employed volunteer, armed guards to protect his Jackson residence during the campaign when he competed with six white candidates for the vacant congressional seat which became open when John Bell Williams was elected governor.[16] In 1971 Evers ran in the gubernatorial general election but was defeated by Democrat William "Bill" Waller, 601,222 (77 percent) to 172,762 (22.1 percent).[17] Waller had prosecuted the murder case of suspect Byron De La Beckwith.[17] When Waller gave a victory speech on election night, Evers drove across town to a local TV station to congratulate him. A reporter later wrote that

"Waller's aides learned Evers was in the building and tried to hustle the governor-elect out of the studio as soon as the interview ended. They were not quite quick enough. Surrounded by photographers, reporters, and television crews, Evers approached Waller's car just as it was about to pull out. Waller and his wife were in the back seat. 'I just wanted to congratulate you,' said Evers. 'Whaddya say, Charlie?' boomed Waller. His wife leaned across with a stiff smile and shook the loser's hand." During the campaign Evers told reporters that his main purpose in running was to encourage registration of black voters.[18]

In 1978, Evers ran as an Independent for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat James O. Eastland.[11] He finished in third place behind his opponents, Democrat Maurice Dantin and Republican Thad Cochran. He received 24 percent of the vote, likely siphoning off African-American votes that would have otherwise gone to Dantin.[11] Cochran won the election with a plurality of 45 percent of the vote. With the shift in white voters moving into the Republican Party in the state (and the rest of the South), Cochran was continuously re-elected to his Senate seat.[11] After his failed senate race, Evers briefly switched political parties and became a Republican.[11]

In 1983, Evers ran as an Independent for governor of Mississippi but lost to the Democrat Bill Allain.[19] Republican Leon Bramlett of Clarksdale, also known as a college All-American football player, finished second with 39 percent of the vote.[19]

Books[edit]

Evers has written two autobiographies or memoirs: Evers (1971), written with Grace Halsell and self-published; and Have No Fear, written with Andrew Szanton and published by John Wiley & Sons (1997).[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Evers was briefly married to Christine Evers until their marriage ended in annulment.[5] In 1951, Evers married Nannie Laurie.[5] They moved to Philadelphia, Mississippi. The couple filed for divorce in June 1974.[5] Evers has three daughters; Charlene, Pat and Carolyn.[5] He now lives in Jackson, Mississippi.[4] He is currently the station manager of radio station WMPR 90.1 FM in Jackson, Mississippi.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biography of Charles Evers". msWritersandMusicians.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Charles Evers". PBS.org. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "EVERS IS DEFEATED IN FIFTH-TERM BID". The New York Times.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Evers, James Charles (1922- ) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed". Blackpast.org. 1922-09-11. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Charles Evers". NNDB.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Charles Evers". Jacksonfreepress.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "NAACP History: Medgar Evers". NAACP.org. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Associated Press (14 Apr 1971). "Evers Isn't Proud of Past History". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Medgar Evers Assassinated - Jun 12, 1963". History.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Charles Evers". CivilRightsProject.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Gates: Charles Evers rich part of states history". Clarion Ledger.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ "NOMINATION OF CHARLES W. PICKERING". GPO.org. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Nomination of Charles W. Pickering, Sr., of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit (continued)". Vote Smart.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Evers comments on Obama becoming 1st African-American president". MSNewsnow.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ Bracey Harris. "Brother of Medgar Evers endorses Trump". Hattiesburg American. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ Watts, James. (March 4, 1968). "16 year old questioned in gun incident". Jackson Daily News. (Jackson, Miss.).
  17. ^ a b "Evers For Everybody". The Crimson.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ Thomas Powers, "Letter from a Lost Campaign," Harper's Magazine, March 1972.
  19. ^ a b "The Bryan Times Edition 1983". Google.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ "African American Lives". Google Books. p. 284. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Have No Fear: The Charles Evers Story". Publisher Weekly.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Charles Evers and Andrew Szanton, Have No Fear, Have No * Beito, David and Linda (2009). Black Maverick: T.R.M. Howard's Fight for Civil Rights and Economic Power. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-03420-6. 
  • Dittmer, John (1994). Local People: the Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02102-9. .
  • Charles M. Payne, I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle (1945 book).

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