This movie traces the life of Medgar Evers, the former insurance salesman turned field secretary for the NAACP, who was instrumental in organizing boycotts against discriminating southern white merchants and the desegregation of the University of Mississippi. Although Evers truly believed that the Constitution included the rights within for each American citizen, no matter what color or class, his battle for equality would shockingly conclude with his assassination at the hand of white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith on June 12, 1963.
Did You Know?
The scene where Medgar Evers
solicits community leaders and community members to sign the first petition, was actually filmed in an Atlanta, Georgia church located on 470 Whitehall Street: Denson Temple Peoples Free Methodist Church. See more
Followed by Ghosts of Mississippi