Medgar Evers (1925–1963) was an African American civil rights leader who was murdered by a white segregationist in 1963. Evers, a World War II veteran, became the NAACP’s state field secretary for Mississippi in 1954. In that position, he collected information about civil rights violations, recruited new membership and organized voter registration, demonstrations, and boycotts. On June 12, 1963, Evers was shot and killed outside his home. White segregationist Byron de la Beckwith was tried for Evers’s murder but was acquitted twice. Beckwith was retried and convicted in 1994 and died prison in 2001.

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