Celebrating the legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers

 

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Medgar Wiley Evers, the namesake of CUNY’s Medgar Evers College, would have celebrated his 91st birthday on July 2, 2016. Mr. Evers was born in Mississippi on July 2, 1925, which means his birthday almost coincides with the nation’s celebration of its own birthday on July 4. As the holiday approaches, let us celebrate both birthdays, mindful of Mr. Evers’s monumental contributions to our nation.  Mr. Evers was a civil rights legend who championed voting rights and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi. His brave life was ended by an assassin’s bullet at the age of 37 but his ideas live on — at Medgar Evers College and the City University of New York, and in all who seek social justice.  In a world roiled by war, terrorism, and myriad conflicts, we would do well to reflect on and honor Mr. Evers’ perseverance, wisdom, and strength. Those qualities allowed him to endure repeated trials by fire and they keep his legacy burning bright.