Evers, Charles, 1922-....

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Civic activist and political leader Charles Evers was born on September 11, 1922 in Decatur, Mississippi to Jess Wright and James Evers. Evers received his B.S. degree from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Lorman, Mississippi in 1950.

Evers enlisted in the United States Army and served overseas during World War II. After his return to the U.S., he began working as the first African American disc jockey at WHOC Radio station in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1951. There, he worked for a family-run funeral home, operated a taxi service, a bootleg liquor business and operated the Evers Hotel and Lounge, which featured blues bands. Evers was active in the Mississippi branch of the NAACP and became the chapter's state voter registration chairman in 1954. He also became involved with the Regional Council of Negro Leadership in 1952, and often spoke at its national conferences. In 1956, Evers moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he operated Club Mississippi, the Subway Lounge and the Palm Gardens nightclubs. After the assassination of his brother, Medgar Evers, he returned to Mississippi in 1963 and became the field director for the Mississippi branch of the NAACP. In 1969, Evers was elected as mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, the first African American to be elected to this position in the state of Mississippi during the post-Reconstruction era. Evers ran unsuccessfully for governor of Mississippi in 1971 and for United States Senate in 1978, each time as an independent candidate. He remained as mayor of Fayette until 1989. After losing the mayoral election in 1989, Evers became the store manager of WMPR 90.1FM in Jackson, Mississippi.

Evers has often been honored for his work in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1969, the NAACP named him Man of the Year. He was also selected as a Mississippi delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 1972. Evers, has also published two autobiographies,Evers, in 1971, andHave No Fear, in 1997. He has served as an informal advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, George C. Wallace, President Ronald Reagan, and Robert Kennedy.

Evers has seven children; Patricia Murchinson, Charlene Evers-Kreel, Carolyn Crockell, Shelia Evers Blackmond, Yvonne Evers, Wanda Evers and Rachel Evers.

Charles Evers was interviewed byThe HistoryMakerson May 24, 2017.

From The HistoryMakers™ biography: https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/A2017.105

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creatorOf Southern Elections Fund. Papers, 1965-1975 of the Fund and of the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Julian Bond [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Evers, Charles, 1922-. Interview with honorable Charles Evers : mayor of Fayette, Mississippi / interviewer: Robert Smith. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
referencedIn KZSU (Radio station : Stanford). KZSU Project South interviews, 1965. [microform]. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Records of the African Development Foundation. 1984 - 1997. Photographs of African Economic, Educational, and Health Projects National Archives at College Park
referencedIn New York Times Company records. A.M. Rosenthal papers, 1955-1994, 1967-1986 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Mississippi AFL-CIO correspondence, 1959-1986. Georgia State University
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Harvard Law School Forums Records Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Papers of Julian Bond 1897-2006 University of Virginia. Small Special Collections Library
referencedIn Roy Wilkins Papers, 1901-1980, (bulk 1932-1980) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Newsweek, inc. Newsweek Atlanta Bureau records, 1953-1979. Emory University. Special Collections and Archives
referencedIn KZSU (Radio station : Stanford). KZSU Project South interviews, 1965. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Roy Wilkins papers, 1901-1980 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Decatur (Miss.)
African American mayors
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Birth 1922-09-11

Birth 19220911




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