Wednesday, December 26, 2007
EVERS, MEDGAR Born in Decatur, Mississippi in 1925, Medgar Evers became involved in the black civil rights movement during the early 1950's. Together with his brother, Charles Evers, he played a significant role in the clandestine recruitment of Mississippi blacks for NAACP membership. In large part as a result of this activity, Evers was appointed Mississippi's first NAACP field director in 1954. He held this position until his untimely death in 1963. Evers was assassinated as he entered his Jackson home on June 12. Subsequently regarded as a martyr to the black civil rights cause, Evers was succeeded by his brother Charles as NAACP leader in Mississippi.