We, as men, owe it to our fellow man and to our children to stand firm and stand out for those things that we are entitled to. I count it a blessing from God that I am able to withstand ridicule and abuse because I am willing to take a stand for my fellow man though many show no appreciation for the work that we are trying to do in their behalf. But let it not be said in the final analysis when history will only record those glorious moments. And when your grandchildren will invariably ask: “Granddaddy, what role did you play in helping to make us free men and free women? Did you actively participate in the struggle or was your support only a moral one?” Certainly each person here, and man in particular, should be in a position to say, “I was active in the struggle for all phases for your unrestricted privileges as an American citizen.”
Medgar Wiley Evers
February 28, 1960
Men’s Day Message
Fremont AME Church
On Sunday, June 9, 2013, faith leaders all over the world are requested to remember Medgar Evers and celebrate his legacy by sharing a message of “Unity and Faith”. We invite everyone to participate in this ‘Movement of the Spirit’ to perpetuate the legacy of justice, faith, courage and service begun by Medgar Wiley Evers.
Please widely distribute the attached Bulletin Insert in your church and other churches in your community. The Insert is a bi-fold program that includes the Call to Commemorate, a brief biography of Medgar Evers and the powerful Litany of Gratitude and Thanksgiving to be read in churches all over the world during services on Sunday, June 9, 2013.
It has been fifty years since Medgar Wiley Evers, the great servant-leader, civil rights warrior, World War II Veteran and American hero was murdered by an assassins’ bullet right after Midnight on June 12, 1963. Medgar was in his driveway carport, his beautiful wife Myrlie heard him drive up and get out of the car and their children heard the shot to the back that knocked their husband and father down on his own property. Less than one hour later, this strong, courageous, yet humble servant of God and God’s people passed away.
Medgar Wiley Evers was also a loving father. On Father’s Day his life and work could be remembered to inspire fathers today to stand up as men of faith and fight for justice.
Some Scriptures to consider for Sunday and suggested messages, include:
Numbers 13:25-30 “We Shall Overcome!”
Joshua 1:1-9 “Be Strong and Courageous”
Luke 22:24-27 “The Servant-Leader”
Ephesians 6:1-10 “Stand Against Evil”