Born July 2, 1925, Medgar Evers was known to be a civil rights activist and Mississippi’s state field secretary of the NAACP. Much of Evers work was to overturn segregation in the state in public places and at the state’s university. He also worked to get equal rights for Black citizens, including the right to vote. He became active in the 1950s and worked toward his causes until he was assassinated June 12, 1963. Upon his death, he was memorialized by numerous Black figures of prominence and his wife went on to continue the fight for the rights of Black Americans.