April 15, 2020
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Medgar Evers' Life and Activism
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July 2, 1925: Medgar Wiley Evers is born to Jesse and James Evers in Decatur, Mississippi.
1948: Medgar Evers attends Alcorn State University.
December 24, 1951Medgar Evers marries Myrlie Beasley, his classmate.
May 17, 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that segregated public schools were unconstitutional. Medgar Evers applies for the all-white University of Mississippi Law School and is rejected.
November 24, 1954: Medgar Evers becomes the NAACP's first field officer based in Mississippi.
August 28, 1955: Emmett Till, an African-American boy, is lynched for speaking to a white woman at 14 years old in Money, Mississippi. Medgar Evers calls for an investigation on his death.
June 12, 1963: Medgar Evers emerges from the NAACP office in Jackson, Mississippi and is almost run over.
May 20, 1963: Medgar Evers presents a 17-minute speech on WLBT. He describes life in Mississippi from the perspective of a black man. He calls for desegregation and equal opportunities for black people.
May 28, 1963: Someone throws a molotov cocktail into the carport of Medgar Evers' home.
1962: After years of Medgar Evers' work in desegregating Mississippi, the University of Mississippi enrolls its first black student, James Meredith.
1960: Clyde Kennard, a civil rights activist, is framed for theft. Medgar Evers protests the conviction.
1939: At 14 years old, Medgar Evers witnesses an attack on Willie Tingle, a black man who was a friend of Evers' father. Tingle is shot and hanged. After Tingle's death, Evers passes by his bloody clothes everyday on his way to school.
June 12, 1963: After coming home from an NAACP meeting, Medgar Evers is murdered by Bryon De La Beckwith, a Ku Klux Klan member.
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