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10 Medgar Evers Quotes Celebrating the Fight for Civil Rights

Published on May 5, 2019 8:15 AM EST
10 Medgar Evers Quotes Celebrating the Fight for Civil Rights

These Medgar Evers quotes will help you find the courage to stand up for what you believe in.

Medgar Wiley Evers was an African American civil rights activist and a World War II veteran. He served as the first state field secretary of the NAACP in Mississippi, where he worked for changes in the segregated society.

10 Medgar Evers Quotes Celebrating the Fight for Civil Rights

Born on July 2, 1925, in Decatur, Mississippi, Evers was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 and fought in both France and Germany during World War II. He went on to enroll at Alcorn State University in 1948, where he majored in business administration.

Evers became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. He fought racial injustices in many forms, including working to end the segregation of public facilities and helping expand opportunities for African Americans.

On June 12, 1963, Evers was assassinated outside of his Mississippi home. He will always be remembered as one of the most impassioned activists and visionaries for equality.

In honor of the slain activist, below is our collection of inspirational and powerful Medgar Evers quotes.

Medgar Evers quotes celebrating the fight for civil rights

1. “As long as God gives me strength to work and try to make things real for my children, I’m going to work for it – even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.” – Medgar Evers

2. “When you hate, the only person that suffers is you because most of the people you hate don’t know it and the rest don’t care.” – Medgar Evers

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3. “The gifts of God should be enjoyed by all citizens in Mississippi.” – Medgar Evers

4. “In the racial picture things will never be as they once were. History has reached a turning point, here and over the world.” – Medgar Evers

5. “You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea.” – Medgar Evers

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Powerful and inspirational Medgar Evers quotes

6. “Freedom has never been free.” – Medgar Evers

7. “I was born in Decatur, was raised there, but I never in my life was permitted to vote there.” – Medgar Evers

8. “I love my children and I love my wife with all my heart. And I would die, die gladly, if that would make a better life for them.” – Medgar Evers

9. “I’m looking to be shot any time I step out of my car… If I die, it will be in a good cause. I’ve been fighting for America just as much as the soldiers in Vietnam.” – Medgar Evers

10. “If you hurt someone then you are hurting other people, and you will feel guilty about what you did.” – Medgar Evers

Which of these Medgar Evers quotes was your favorite?

Evers was one of Mississippi’s most prominent civil rights activists. He fought for economic opportunity, voting rights, access to public facilities, and other changes in the segregated society.

Despite knowing that his civil rights work could get him killed, Medgar Evers had the courage to keep fighting so that others might live in freedom. Hopefully, the above quotes will inspire you to stand for what you believe in; regardless of circumstance.

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Did you enjoy these Medgar Evers quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Marcia Howell

    June 12, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Freedom Is Not Free…Thank You Mr Every for Your Fight for Civil Rights


    February 19, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    5,6,3,2 those are my favorite in order.

  3. Jeannine Daly

    February 19, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    My favorite is the second onef! I had that realization when my husband was accused of inappropriate touch by a high school student.
    One day, early in the multiple year fiasco, I realized I was angry at the girls and they didn’t know I existed. That was freeing for me and I could focus on being the positive person my husband needed me to be.

    • Leroy Johnson

      February 21, 2019 at 8:16 AM

      You can kill a man…but you can’t kill an idea is my FAVORITE QUOTE from this courageous man REST in peace Mr. Evers

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