Medgar Evers By: Craig Mitchell

(S) Evers was born July 2, 1925 into a poor black southern family in Decatur, Mississippi. During his childhood he worked with his family on a farm.

(S) As he got older Evers was drafted into the Army in 1943. He fought in France and Germany during World War II before being honorably discharged in 1946. But Evers was also apart of was the Normandy Invasion that ended World War II.

(S) Evers enrolled at Alcorn A&M College (now Alcorn State University) in 1942. Majoring in business administration and also was on the football and track teams. Evers was apart of

(S) December 24, 1951 he married his classmate, Myrlie Beasley. He then had three children soon after that.

(S) After Brown vs. Board of Education school segregation was still common. It was shown when Medgar Evers applied to the University of Mississippi Law School and was denied.

(S) Evers soon became the first field secretary for the NAACP in 1954. He worked throughout the whole state of Mississippi with several cases. Evers fought for Emmit Till and Clyde Kennard as they were denied rights. But he also boycotted legal systems and even recruited new NAACP members.

As seen in the image, Medgar was apart of several boycotts and protests. For this he is known as a hero in Mississippi.

(S) In 1994 Medgar Evers was shot in the back by Byron De La Beckwith who was a longtime Klan member. Many attended his funeral which was held in Jackson, Mississippi.

(S) Beckwith was quickly found after they found the rifle used in the shooting and he was arrested. After two hung Jurys, he was finally convicted of the murder and received life sentence without parole.

You can kill a man but you can't kill an idea. - Medgar Evers

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