|Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 12, 2018 at 5:10 AM|
On this day (June 12) in 1963, Medgar Evers was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Evers was the Field Secretary for the NAACP and his life was under such constant threat that the FBI and the police routinely escorted him home for his protection. For reasons that have never been adequately explained, there was no escort on June 12 and he was shot in the back by Byron De La Beckwith wielding an Enfield Rifle. His family brought him to a local hospital which initially refused to admit him because he was black. They were convinced to change their mind when they learned who he was but were unable to save his life. Evers death sparked civil rights protests across the country. A World War II veteran, he was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.