Assassination of Medgar Evers
NAACP State Director Medgar Evers was gunned down in his driveway by
rifle-wielding White Citizens Council member Byron De La Beckwith. J.P.
Miller, a civil rights activist and NAACP member from Sunflower County,
described Evers as "a real energetic fellow. His energy seemed to be limitless
when it came down to human rights. He was ready to go and stand up for
what was right. And he was a good family man. It's too bad he had to die
so young like that, but doing it for the cause of good. That somebody would
ambush him like that" is almost inconceivable.
Byron De La Beckwith,
the man who was convicted of murdering NAACP Field Secretary Medgar Evers
in Evers' own driveway.
For more about the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther
King, Jr., see:
Paul B. Johnson
Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi.
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And then Charles, after Medgar was killed and Charles came,
he was more of an activist. He just went out after it full force. And I
remember when I first went to Fayette. I went to Fayette with Charles one
time and he was just you know, talking about white folks like they had
two tails, in a little country place where white folks looked like they
wanted to eat black folk, you know. I think he did an excellent job. He
fulfilled the time in which he was field secretary and got a lot done.
A lot of voter registration boomed and everything, when Charles came in
because he was just an activist. He just went out at it. Didn't look like
he was afraid of anything.
– Johnny Barbour, coordinator for the NAACP in Meridian as well
as the NAACP coordinator for voter registration and education for the state