- NAME: Medgar Evers
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist
- BIRTH DATE: July 02, 1925
- DEATH DATE: June 12, 1963
- EDUCATION: Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Decatur, Mississippi
- PLACE OF DEATH: Jackson, Mississippi
- Full Name: Medgar Wiley Evers
- AKA: Medgar Evers
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Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist who organized voter-registration efforts, demonstrations and boycotts of companies that practiced discrimination.
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In February 1994, nearly 31 years after Evers's death, Beckwith was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He died in January 2001 at the age of 80.
In 1995, Myrlie Evers-Williams (she remarried) was elected chairwoman of the board of directors of the NAACP. She is currently a member of the board's executive committee.
Since his untimely passing,
Medgar Evers's contributions to the civil rights movement have been honored in many ways. His wife created what is now known as the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute in Jackson, Mississippi, to continue the couple's commitment to social change. The City University of New York has named one of its campuses after the slain activist. In 2009, the U.S. Navy also bestowed his name on one of their vessels.
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