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USM takes time out to remember Medgar Evers

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Wednesday marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of the first Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP, Medgar Evers.

In honor of the civil rights leader, The Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi, took the time out to salute Evers and other brave Mississippians who stood up for what was right.

During their weekly radio program, Mississippi Moments, the university broadcast an old interview with J.C. Fairley, who was elected president of the Hattiesburg chapter of the NAACP in 1961.

In the interview, Fairley recalls being warned of the danger of accepting such a high profile position by Evers, and also talks about accompanying John Frazier, who made a highly publicized attempt to become the first African American to enroll at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1964. 

"We have one of the largest civil rights collections, oral history collections, to be found in the South," said USM Oral History and Cultural Heritage Sound Engineer, Ross Walton. "It's exciting to me, and it's gratifying to see, you know, the importance that USM places on preserving these histories, and so it just makes me proud to be part of this program."

On Thursday, Mississippi Moments will broadcast more memories of Evers with excerpts of an interview with Dr. Gilbert Mason of Biloxi.

You can find out more on the broadcasting program HERE.

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