With the passing of Charles Evers this week, an outpouring of respect has come throughout the world from all sides of the political spectrum.
We are all saddened by the news of the passing of Mr. Charles Evers. In 1969, he became Mississippi's first black mayor since Reconstruction of Fayette, MS. I extend my deepest condolences to the Evers family. pic.twitter.com/I943C71sCA
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) July 23, 2020
From Donald Trump to Bennie Thompson. From Tate Reeves and Phil Bryant to George Flaggs. It’s been covered by CNN, Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post and even papers in the UK.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend Charles Evers. Charles was a trail blazer in politics and a fearless leader, alongside his brother Medgar, for Civil Rights. pic.twitter.com/rL4bLbCY1D
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2020
Evers’ death comes on the heels of two other civil rights heroes in the last week – Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian. The NAACP rightly gave Lewis and Vivian substantial honor throughout their public channels. However, the NAACP, for which Evers was a Field Secretary in Mississippi in the 1960s following the death of his brother Medgar Evers, has not made any public comment on their website or social media feeds as of press time.
Making the omission of honoring Evers even more conspicuous is the fact that the head of the national NAACP, Derrick Johnson, was the head of the Mississippi NAACP.
There is no mention of Evers’ passing on the national NAACP Twitter page, on the national NAACP Facebook page NAACP Director Derrick Johnson’s Twitter page, the national NAACP press release archive, or the Mississippi NAACP Twitter page.
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— Marshall Ramsey (@MarshallRamsey) July 22, 2020
Rest well, Charles Evers. https://t.co/Z83WoHx3LT
— The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (@TheKingCenter) July 23, 2020