Jun. 11, 2021

June 11, 1963 "The Last Day"

58 years ago today Medgar Evers was living the life of a dedicated, principled, husband, and father working to secure civil rights for the black residents of Mississippi, especially Jackson, Mississippi. Medgar was working as the Mississippi State Field Secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Medgar Evers knew that every time he he left his home he had a target on his back from the KKK and the White Citizens Councils in Mississippi. He and his wife Myrlie, had discussions about the dangers Medgar Evers faced doing the work that he was doing in Mississippi. On this day, June 11, 1963, President Kennedy was preparing to speak to the nation that evening about pushing the nation ahead to pass a much needed Civil Rights Bill in Congress. The violence that had was simmered and heated by racist whites in the south was affecting the international position of the United States. So, Medgar Evers had already prepared to watch the President's speech that evening in his NAACP office. There was a hint of excitement that the Kennedy Administration was finally going to move off the ball and truly push a civil rights agenda. Because at that moment on June 11, 1963 the position of Washington towards a civil rights agenda was met with trepidation in black communities across the nation. It seemed to many that the Kennedy Administration was more interested in working a non-position position on civil rights to satisfy the southern white elected democrats. So when Medgar Evers left his home that Tuesday morning little did he know that he would never open the door to his home again alive. You see lurking in Jackson, Mississippi was a sworn white arch enemy of southern black civil rights, Byron De La Beckwith, and he had a another plan which would hatch early Wednesday morning the murder of Medgar Evers. So started the last day in the life of a great civil rights hero Medgar Evers.