Honoring Civil Rights Icon Medgar Evers

Honoring Civil Rights Icon Medgar Evers

The Memphis NAACP and the National Civil Rights Museum are now working to celebrate the life and works of Medgar Evers.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Next week will mark 50 years since the murder of civil rights icon Medgar Evers. He was working with the NAACP in Jackson, Mississippi when he was killed. The Memphis NAACP and the National Civil Rights Museum are now working to celebrate his life and works.

1963 was a pivotal year in the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Four African American girls were killed in the Birmingham church bombings. During sit-ins, protests, and marches across the south, people were beaten and killed.

"Evers came home one night, late at night and a man was hiding in the bushes and shot him," said the Memphis NAACP Executive Director Madeleine Taylor.

The civil rights activist was killed in the driveway of his Jackson, Mississippi home. He was 37 years old.

"Medgar Evers was the one going door to door, house to house helping people to register to vote and encouraging them to stand up and come out to vote," said Taylor. "We're very proud of Medgar Evers and the legacy he left us."

Students from Iowa City West High School visited the National Civil Rights Museum for the first time. Local 24 News caught up with the students and asked them what they thought about Evers.

"What Medgar Evers means to me today is a powerful individual. He means a lot, overcoming segregation and all the difficulties we had to face with being segregated," said 15-year-old Delon Dixon.

"He meant a lot to me because he helped Martin Luther King strive to greatness," said 15-year-old Maurice Yarbrough.

Evers was also a World War II veteran. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. June 12, 2013 marks his 50th anniversary of his assassination. The National Civil Rights Museum and the Memphis NAACP will honor him that day. Evers paid the ultimate sacrifice, paving the way for the younger generation.

"I would like to just thank the man for doing what he did and his individual acts changed the world," said Dixon.
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