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Episode #02

Growing Up

Air date 5/29/13
Host: Maggie Stevenson

Medgar Evers grew up in Decatur, Mississippi. He walked 6 miles—each way—to the Negro school but dropped out halfway through high school and enlisted in the army. Evers served in Europe during World War II but back in Mississippi, he found he couldn’t vote. “For two and one half years, I endangered my life,” he said, “only to return to our native country and state and be denied the basic things for which we fought.”