Clayton Hardiman: With A Fading Memory Of Medgar Evers, Are We Losing Track Of What It Took To Get Us Here?

Source: Clayton Hardiman / Muskegon Chronicle 

Now we are coming up fast on the 50th anniversary of your death. And what worries me is there are children and adults alive today, generations removed, who have little idea, if any, just who Medgar Evers was. They have no idea how much courage it took to do what you did. I probably should be writing to them.

Instead, I’m writing to you.

Ask about assassinations in the 1960s, and there’s a roll call people tend to recite — John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. A lot of people forget you.

But here is a letter that says I remember. It says forgetting you is a luxury we cannot afford. It says we need you, even if only in the back of our minds. And if we lose track of you, we risk losing track of ourselves.

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