Medgar Wiley EversResearch via: www.wikipedia.org Student Name: Barbara Florival Date: January 21st 2011 MECPS, Mr. Jiang
Who is Medgar Wiley Evers? • The one who inspired the person to call my school Medgar Evers college Prep. • African American civil rights activist from Mississippi who was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery after being assassinated by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.
His life and family • Medgar Evers was born July 2, 1925 in Decatur, Mississippi, the son of James Evers, who was the owner of a small farm and a sawmill worker. • He was married to Medgar's mother, named Jessie. Evers was the third of five children, after Charles and Elizabeth. • Evers walked twelve miles to and from school to earn his high school diploma. • In 1943 he was inducted into the army along with his older brother Charlie.Evers fought in France and in the European Theatre of WWII. • He was honorably discharged in 1945 as a Sergeant. • In 1948, Evers enrolled at Alcorn College (now Alcorn State University), majoring in business administration. • In college, he was on the debate team, played football and ran track, sang in the school choir and served as president of his junior class. • He married classmate Myrlie Beasley on December 24, 1951, and received his BA degree the following year. • Myrlie Beasley and Medgar Evers had three children, two boys and a girl, before he was murdered in 1963. • In 2001, their oldest son, Darrell Kenyatta Evers, died of colon cancer[ Their two surviving children are Reena Denise and James Van.