JUNE 12, 1963 - Jackson, Mississippi
Medgar Wiley Evers was shot in the back in his driveway in by KKK member Byron De La Beckwith on June 12, 1963. Medgar was a black civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the civil rights movement. In late 1954, Evers was named the NAACP’s first field secretary for Mississippi. In this position, he helped organize boycotts and set up new local chapters of the NAACP.