For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story

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For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story
Written byMyrlie Evers-Williams (book)
William Peters (book)
Ossie Davis
J. Rotcop
Directed byMichael Schulz
StarringHoward Rollins
Irene Cara
Margaret Avery
Roscoe Lee Browne
Music byGerald Fried
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Charles W. Fries
Producer(s)Ken Rotcop
Sy Levin (associate producer)
CinematographyAlan Kozlowski
Editor(s)Harry Keramidas
Thomas Penick
Running time90 min.
Production company(s)Charles Fries Productions
Original networkPBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • March 22, 1983 (1983-03-22)

For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story is a made-for-television biopic that aired on PBS on March 22, 1983. The film was based on the book, For Us, the Living, by Myrlie Evers-Williams and William Peters.

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Howard Rollins stars as assassinated NAACP civil rights activist Medgar Evers, while Irene Cara co-stars as his wife (and future NAACP chairperson) Myrlie. The film concentrates on Medgar Evers, an ex-insurance agent turned activist, in the final years of his life as the first NAACP field secretary in Mississippi. In 1954, he is involved in a boycott against white merchants and was instrumental in eventually desegregating the University of Mississippi in 1962. His home in Jackson, Mississippi is besieged by bigots, and he and his family are threatened with dire consequences. Myrtle Evers with her children were often at home alone when fire bombs and bricks were thrown against their home and through their windows. However, The Everses continued to work towards the goal of integrating the racially polarized. Medgar Evers truly believed The Constitution to include the rights within were for each American citizen, no matter color, age, class or education. On June 12, 1963, however, the 37-year-old Medgar Evers is shot to death in front of his home by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith.


Actor Role
Howard Rollins Medgar Evers
Irene Cara Myrlie Evers
Margaret Avery Dottie
Roscoe Lee Browne Gloster Current
Larry Fishburne Jimbo Collins
Janet MacLachlan Mildred
Selema Perry Berry Community Member in Church
  • Location: The scene where Medgar Evers solicit community leaders and community members to sign the first petition, actually was filmed in an Atlanta, Georgia Church Located on 470 Whitehall Street: Denson Temple Peoples Free Methodist Church.
  • The Cast Member Selema Perry Berry was a member of Denson Temple Peoples Free Methodist Church as Superintendent of Sunday School. She sat on the back row with her Pastor Rev. James Brown.
Denson Temple Peoples Free Methodist Church Inc. .jpg
Home depicted the For Us The Living The Medgar Evers Story-Movie, where Medgar Evers and his family lived, and where terrorized.


Year Result Award Category Recipient
1984 Winner Writers Guild of America Award Adapted Drama Anthology Ossie Davis and J. Rotcop
6.13, 1963. Rifle that killed Medgar Evers. Located latent fingerprints on telescopic site. Medgar was shot off Delta Drive, Jackson, Miss.

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