The Murder of Medgar Evers

It was on June 21, 1964 that Byron De La Beckwith was charged with the murder of Medgar Evers, but it would not be until 30 years later that he would be found guilty. Who was Medgar Evers, according to biography.com he was, “a civil rights activist who organized voter-registration efforts, demonstrations and boycotts of companies that practiced discrimination”. It continues to discuss how he attempted to get into law school, but was not successful, this raised his profile within the NAACP, and not long later the famous Brown v. Board of Education decision integrated schools. “Later the same year, Evers became the first field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi.” It was because of the high-profile position he held within the NAACP that he became a target, and on June 12, 1963 that he was shot in the back at his home.  He was shot by Byron De La Beckwith in a case that would take decades to try.

Byron De LA Beckwith was, according to history.com, “a fertilizer salesman and Ku Klux Klan member. He was widely believed to be the killer of Medgar Evers, however two all-white, all-male juries deadlocked, and refused to convict”. It was the widow of Mr. Evers, Myrlie Evers, who pressed authorities on the murder. History.com continues with showing how, “in 1989, documents came to light showing that jurors were illegally screened”. It would take another four years before Byron De La Beckwith would go to trial, and be convicted. “He died in prison in 2001 at the age of 80.”

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