Congressman Guest Statement on Passing of Charles Evers

July 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) recognized the life of Charles Evers in a speech on the House floor this evening. The transcript of the speech can be found below.

“Tonight, I rise to honor the life of Mr. Charles Evers, who passed away peacefully in his home earlier today. Charles and his brother, Medgar, dedicated their time on this earth to the advancement of civil rights for all Americans and rigorously pursued justice for all. Following the tragic murder of his brother, Charles gracefully assumed Medgar’s position as head of the NAACP in Mississippi to continue his efforts to expand civil rights for African Americans in the Magnolia State. In 1969, he became the first African American mayor elected in Mississippi since Reconstruction, making Mr. Evers a symbol of the civil rights that he and his brother fought to advance. He served as an advisor and mentor to many public officials, from local governments to the President of the United States. Today, I join our Mississippi family in thankful prayer for his time with us and that he returned to our Heavenly Father having accomplished his goal of creating a better nation for all people. Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember his service to our state and our nation.”

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