Medgar Evers: The Civil Rights Movement

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The Civil Rights Movement was a tense and emotional time period for society, especially in the southern United States. It was a callous fight that disrupted the civilization that our ancestors had strived to build. People were shamed, humiliated, and disgraced for individual beliefs and rights. Public areas were segregated between black and white people causing major controversy among the races. There was a lurking apartheid that still has a subtle presence even in our enlightened society today. Although the community was in disarray, there were audacious beings that helped to alter the underlying causes of the tension and brutality. These activists made lots of advancements to achieve a humanity among society. Many people during the early 1960s were upset over the civil rights activists and their achievements. Tensions were raised as the community fought over rights (Medgar Evers). One of the most prominent civil rights activists was Medgar Evers, now a widely known revolutionary for his acts against the hate …show more content…
His parents, Jessie and James, had three other children (Evers, Medgar Wiley). He was raised in a very religious household. After high school Evers left his hometown to enlist in the Army. He was stationed in Europe during World War II. Upon returning to the states, he attended Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College where he graduated with a business degree. At the end of his schooling career, Medgar and his wife moved to another town in Mississippi where he began to work as an insurance agent. Alongside his career, he organized many NAACP events (Evers, Medgar Wiley). He and his brother, Charles Evers, started to contribute to the activists’ efforts. As stated in “Medgar Evers”, “[...] at the same time began organizing local affiliates of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). They worked quietly at first, slowly building a base of support […]” (Medgar

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