Mr. Medgar Evers-In Story and Song

Mr. Medgar Evers
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A History of Violence

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African American civil rights activist from Mississippi who was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery after being assassinated by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.[2] Evers' life, his murder, and the resulting trials inspired protests as well as numerous works including music and film. Please take time to read the story of an American Hero. Here's the link, then come back and see what Bob Dylan had to say about him! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medgar_Evers. Bob's ode to Medgar. Only A Pawn In Their Game

A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers’ blood
A finger fired the trigger to his name
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark
Two eyes took the aim
Behind a man’s brain
But he can’t be blamed
He’s only a pawn in their game

A South politician preaches to the poor white man
“You got more than the blacks, don’t complain.
You’re better than them, you been born with white skin,” they explain.
And the Negro’s name
Is used it is plain
For the politician’s gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid
And the marshals and cops get the same
But the poor white man’s used in the hands of them all like a tool
He’s taught in his school
From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never thinks straight
’Bout the shape that he’s in
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game

From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks
And the hoofbeats pound in his brain
And he’s taught how to walk in a pack
Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch
To hang and to lynch
To hide ’neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain
He ain’t got no name
But it ain’t him to blame
He’s only a pawn in their game.

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught
They lowered him down as a king
But when the shadowy sun sets on the one
That fired the gun
He’ll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
Only a pawn in their game

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G-Ma Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

wow..I have to admit these words are way more clear to me now...powerful Huh?...:O) hugs G-Ma


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JOE BARNETT 6 years ago

whew that covers all the bases. i remember when it happened. it made the news. my grandmother was beside herself. truthful and interesting hub!


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justom 6 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey G-ma, I'm always happy to make folks think and even happier to hear from you! Peace!!


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justom 6 years ago from 41042 Author

Hi Joe, thanks for checking it out. It's a shameful part of our history and I want people to remember guys like Medgar, who to me are true hero's. The truth must always be told. Peace!!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Yo Tom! Waiting on that funny one! Just messing with you Brother. This is wonderful, beautiful, truth! God bless Medgar Evers and his family! God bless Bob Dylan, one of the greatest poets that ever lived. God bless Tom and Justin!


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justom 6 years ago from 41042 Author

Hey brother, I said most of the time:-0. God bless us all! ***Justin says hey to the great Micky Dee (and so does his dad) Peace!!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

Whew! Tom, Powerful. That Song, (poem) says it all. Although I never thought of some of the things that he said, like how the "poor whites" were used as pawns. 'Nough said. Will go over and read the story.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello boyfriend, I adore this hub, it is touching and reached deep in my soul. So many before us are the heros of the heros of today...they fought for us and they were and did die for our rights. Bravo for this tribut to all the pieces of others that we are seeded from to make us what and who we are today. Rate way way up


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Damn, I hate it when I'm ignorant as I am here; but I guess I'm less ignorant than I was before I clicked the link!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042 Author

Dude, you are no kind of ignorant. We all just keep learning and telling each other what's going on and that's all that matters. Just make folks think, you do that well! Peace!! Tom


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