Medgar Evers was one of the first civil rights worker that was assassinated due to his work to bring equality to the African American population in the
Medgar Evers was assassinated in his own driveway. The killer was free for years before justice was served.
Medgar Evers (1925-1963) was the field secretary for the NAACP. His death prompted President John Kennedy to ask Congress for a comprehensive civil-rights bill, which President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the following year.
Evers has lived with the threat of violence for years. He was featured on a nine-man death list in the
Although he certainly didn’t want to die for the cause, he was willing to do it if that’s what happened. In some ways, the death of Medgar Evers was a milestone in the hard-fought integration war that rocked American in the 50’s and 60’s. It spurred other civil rights leaders – themselves targets of white supremacists- to new fervor. They, in turn, were able to infuse their followers, both black and white, with a new and expanded sense of purpose, one that replaced apprehension with anger. It created a sense of no more fear in the movement; it was a catalyst to move onward for equality.
Byron de la Beckwith was tried three times for the murder of Evers. On December 23, 1997 the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the conviction for the 1963 assassination of the civil rights leader.
The court said that the 31 year lapse between the ambush slaying and Mr. Beckwith’s conviction did not deny him a fair trial. Mr. Beckwith, at the time of his conviction, an old man and ill, was tried twice in the Evers killing in 1964, but both juries deadlocked. The case was resurrected, and he was convicted in 1994.