Civil Rights Activist and NAACP Phenomenon
This week, Sara covers an essential Broad from the Civil Rights Era – Myrlie Evers! You might have seen her delivering the invocation at President Obama’s second inauguration, but do you know her story? Her and her husband Medgar opened and ran the first NAACP office in Mississippi, organized protests, and ran campaigns for everything from voting rights and desegregation, to fair trials for the perpetrators of hate crimes, but when tragedy strikes, suddenly Myrlie is flung into the national spotlight. Hers is a story you won’t want to miss and an essential part of civil rights history.
“I opened the door, and there was Medgar at the steps, face down in blood…The children ran out and were shouting, ‘Daddy, get up!”