Essay on Medgar Evers

930 Words Nov 29th, 2006 4 Pages
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
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(Medgar, pg.1) Thirty years ago Beckwith had taken the stand in his own defense and denied that he had killed Evers and also while on the stand also proclaimed his segregationist opinions. During the new trial Byron De La Beckwith stood very placidly looking at the back of juror's heads. (Medgar, pg.1) This marks perhaps the end of a great yet troubling story of Medgar Weily Evers who gave his life at the age of 37 for the civil rights movement. Medgar Evers was truly one of the greatest martyrs of the civil rights movement. His hard work helped the lives of everyone, and we can only wonder what the world would be like if he was allowed to live.
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