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.
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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