For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story
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|For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story|
|Written by||Myrlie Evers-Williams (book)|
William Peters (book)
|Directed by||Michael Schulz|
Roscoe Lee Browne
|Music by||Gerald Fried|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Charles W. Fries|
Sy Levin (associate producer)
|Running time||90 min.|
|Production company(s)||Charles Fries Productions|
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.
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.
|Howard Rollins||Medgar Evers|
|Irene Cara||Myrlie Evers|
|Roscoe Lee Browne||Gloster Current|
|Larry Fishburne||Jimbo Collins|
|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.
|1984||Winner||Writers Guild of America Award||Adapted Drama Anthology||Ossie Davis and J. Rotcop|
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