Fifty Years After Medgar Evers' Assassination

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Fifty years ago, the U.S. lost a civil rights activist, when Medgar Evers was assassinated in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi.

Evers fought valiantly in France and Germany in World War II and came back to go to school at Alcorn College. He married a fellow student, they had three children and Medgar Became a successful insurance salesman, and that is what led him directly into confrontation with white segregationists.

He became field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi and took on the white businesses directly with protests and boycotts.

 

Produced by:

Jay Cowit, John Hockenberry and Kristen Meinzer

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