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Medgar Evers Criticizes Jackson Mayor

May 29, 1963 - Medgar Evers (pictured), head of the NAACP chapter in Jackson, Mississippi, was sharply critical of Mayor Allen Thompson today. Negro leaders reported to an integrationist rally last night that the Mayor had granted most of their demands at a meeting earlier yesterday, but the Mayor immediately called the statements “misrepresentations” of his position. “No further meetings are planned with the Mayor,” Mr. Evers said today. “Mayor Thompson let everyone know what kind of a man he is by talking out of two sides of his mouth and duping people with his pronouncements.” According to Negro leaders, Mayor Thompson had agreed to hire Negro policemen and school crossing guards, to desegregate city facilities, and to upgrade Negro employment in city jobs. In related news, Mr. Evers said a small gasoline bomb had been hurled into the carport of his home early this morning. His wife, Myrlie, extinguished the small blaze before it could do major damage to his automobile, Mr. Evers said. He said his three children were asleep in the house at the time.


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