Charles Evers, a civil rights icon and brother of the slain Medgar Evers, died on July 22, according to WLBT. He was 97.
The activist, who lead black voter registration efforts in Mississippi in the 1960s, died “surrounded by family” in Rankin County, Mississippi, the station continued. The Rankin County Coroner confirmed Evers’ death with the outlet but did not provide a cause.
Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting Reporter Jerry Mitchell confirmed on Facebook that Evers died at his daughter Charlene’s home.
According to the Clarion Ledger, Evers was the first black mayor of a Mississippi town or city since Reconstruction. He was elected as the mayor of Fayette in 1969. He later ran for governor and senator before becoming the host of a radio show, WLBT added.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) named Evers “Man of the Year” in 1969, the History Makers reported. The Mississippi native published two autobiographies, Evers and Have No Fear, and “served as an informal advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, George C. Wallace, President Ronald Reagan, and Robert Kennedy,” the website continued.
Many took to Twitter to offer their condolences, including Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.
The governor referred to Evers as a “true friend.”