Charles Evers, the brother of murdered civil rights leader Medgar Evers, is endorsing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDems: Trump’s first 100 days full of broken promises to middle class Judd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs Week ahead: US raises pressure on WikiLeaks MORE for president.
“I believe in him first of all because he’s a businessman,” Charles Evers said, according to The Clarion-Ledger. "I think jobs are badly needed in Mississippi."
Evers's brother, Medgar Evers, was assassinated in Jackson, Miss., in 1963. His killer wasn't convicted of the murder until 1994, after multiple trials.
“I haven’t seen any proof of him being a racist,” said Evers. "All of us have some racism in us. Even me.”
He said Trump was a "fair" businessman who respects merit over race.
He also praised Trump's religious faith and said he hopes to meet him in person during a Monday rally in Madison, Miss.
Charles Evers, 93, also has a storied history in Mississippi’s civil rights movement, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
He served as the state’s field secretary for the NAACP, and became the first black mayor in Mississippi post-Reconstruction when elected in the town of Fayette.
Charles Evers became a Republican in 1980, inspiring national news headlines by endorsing Ronald Reagan for the presidency, according to the paper.
Mississippi’s GOP presidential primary is next Tuesday. Trump leads by 24 points there, according to a Magellan Strategies poll released Monday.