HBCU NOTABLE / March 2022
Alcorn State's Medgar Wiley Evers, was a civil rights activist and the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi who was assassinated by a white supremacist. Evers, a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran who had served in World War II, was engaged in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi, end the segregation of public facilities, and expand opportunities for African Americans including the enforcement of voting rights.
A college graduate, Evers became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Following the 1954 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Evers challenged the segregation of the state-supported public University of Mississippi, applying to law school there. He also worked for voting rights, economic opportunity, access to public facilities, and other changes in the segregated society. Evers was awarded the 1963 NAACP Spingarn Medal.
SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors. (2022, February 19). Medgar Evers. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:15, February 21, 2022, from en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Medgar_Evers&oldid=1072769539
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