Medgar Evers’s Legacy of Organizing in Mississippi

By William Sturkey | Black Perspectives

Although Medgar Evers is one of the most widely recognized figures of the Civil Rights Movement, many people do not know what he actually did. All too often, Evers’s first appearances in movement histories emerge on the night of his murder, June 11, 1963. But Medgar Evers had an incredible eleven-year career as a civil rights activist long before he was struck down in his Jackson driveway. The groundwork he laid during that time was essential for Mississippi activists in the years after his death.

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