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Mississippi Commemorates Medgar Evers’ Civil Rights Work

Source: AP / The Independent

Mississippi’s governor says slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers helped create a “vastly different” state, and a better one, by increasing black voter registration.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant spoke Wednesday during a memorial service on the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination.

More than 150 people gathered outside the Mississippi Museum of Art for speeches, gospel singing and the ringing of bells.

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Evers was the first Mississippi field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. A sniper killed him just after midnight June 12, 1963, as Evers returned home from a community meeting.

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