Medgar Evers: Preventing Social Injustice

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“You can kill a man, but you cannot kill an idea.”- Medgar Evers (brainyquote). In the 21st century, people are not discriminated by color of skin, race and religion. However, these rules were not in place during the 1960s. Blacks were assaulted and killed by major lynching groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan. In order to prevent social injustice, there were many black civil rights activists, such as Medgar Evers. These activists had a lasting impact on the lives of black citizens. These fights for black rights resulted with the world and political structure we have today. In the 1960s, civil rights activists lives were at great risk, especially Medgar Evers,as his prominence in social injustice made him a prodigious target. Medgar Evers was …show more content…
He and his family were given many threats and violent actions over the years. One of these threats included bombing their home, and unfortunately this happened in May 1963. On June 12, 1963, Evers was shot in the back in the driveway of his new home in Jackson by Byron De La Beckwith, who was part of the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan was a gang of white supremacists who believed in the inequality of other ethnicities. They would harass, rape, assault, and murder anyone who believed in equality. They would also kill black people just because of color and they didn't think they deserved to have the same rights as white people. The dispute over Evers's assassination increased support that became the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He died less than a hour later at a nearby hospital. That day, Martin Luther King told the media that “The brutal murder of Medgar Evers came as shocking and tragic news to all people of goodwill” (King Encyclopedia, para. 9, 2006). Evers was one of the greatest impacts in American History and for the freedom for African …show more content…
A huge threat to their naive rules just became neutralized. They categorized African Americans as different because of their dark skin color. Now that Evers’ was not able to support the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many whites also disapproved the passing of this act. They also thought that if more prominent civil rights activists were killed, the more their goal on social injustice would come into place. This did not work as the assassination of Medgar Evers angered African Americans even more, and many threats were posed on the general public . However, not all white people are against equality of African Americans, and many were decent and supportive of equality, such as William Lewis Moore, who supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Civil Rights of 1964 eventually passed on February 10th, and 67 senators had signed off on the Act. After this, many whites protested, and the Ku Klux Klan urged a plan to become stronger to achieve their goal of social injustice. Medgar Evers was the main cause of this

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