Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers Was Killed 55 Years Ago in Mississippi

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June 12th marks a sad anniversary in America’s civil rights history. On that date in 1963, Medgar Evers, an activist and field secretary for the NAACP, was shot in the back outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers’ funeral became a rallying point for the civil rights movement, and Martin Luther King helped lead the procession. In 2017, the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House was designated a National Historic Landmark.

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