The Core Theatre presents Behind the Cotton Curtain: Remembering Medgar Evers
Behind the Cotton Curtain is a look into the life and legacy of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who in 1954 became the first NAACP field secretary in Mississippi. Not one to showboat, Evers lived the oppression and fought it from the inside out. He became the internal force that empowered national leaders to apply pressure from without.
These two pressures were the catalyst that set Mississippi burning and eventually brought down the Jim Crow system. As Martin Luther King, Jr. did not "get there with you” to the promised land of freedom, neither did Evers, who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. People remember that Rosa Parks sat down and Martin Luther King, Jr. stood up, but Evers did the day-to-day work of recording the violence and pushing the envelope while encouraging others to do the same.