Medgar Evers Essay

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Medgar Evers was a great leader of the civil rights movement in the 50's and 60's. From his humble beginnings in a small Mississippi town he grew to become one of the greatest leaders of the movement. As a boy Evers was a serious and mature and he remained that way throughout his life. He was raised in a small town in Mississippi. He had strong religious values and a terrific work ethic as a child. While he was still in high school Evers left school to serve in the army. While fighting in the army the racist Nazis made a lasting impression on him. After he got out of the army he received his high school diploma and immediately enrolled in Alcorn A&M College. When in college Evers played football, ran track, edited the school paper…show more content…
President Lyndon Johnson signed the same bill into law the following year. (Medgar, pg.1) The fingerprints on the deer rifle were matched to Byron De La Beckwith who was an active and vocal member of a white supremacist group. (Black, pg.1) Byron De La Beckwith went to trial for the murder of Medgar Evers. The two separate trials with all white juries both ended in deadlock decisions. Because the juries reached a legal stalemate Beckwith walked free. Twenty years later information surfaced that suggested that the evidence in the two previous trials had been tampered with. The Assistant District Attorney, with the help of Evers's widow, began compiling a new case. (Elliot Jr., pg.1) The new trial that the two had compiled ended rather quickly. The jurors took little more than six hours to come to a decision. Judge L. Breland Hilburn then confirmed the verdict of guilty. After the trial ended Beckwith's wife shrieked and sobbed loudly after Beckwith left the room. Years after the trial Byron De La Beckwith died at 80 while serving life in prison. On the other hand, outside the courthouse a while later Myrlie Evers, the widow of Medgar Evers stop masking her emotion for the outcome of the trial, she loudly shouted a cheer and raised a clenched fist to the sky in triumph. As word of the verdict spread, cries of joy echoed throughout hallways. The jury for the final
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