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Mississippi honors Medgar Evers on 50th anniversary of his death

June 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM   |   Comments

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June 12 (UPI) -- Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of revered civil rights leader, Medgar Evers.

Evers was an activist and NAACP field secretary who organized protests against discrimination, and called for investigations into school segregation and the lynching of Emmett Till.

His life came to a halt at the age of 37 when he was shot in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Miss. Evers' death shocked the nation and even prompted Bob Dylan to record a tribute to Evers entitled "Only A Pawn in Their Game."

Fifty years later, his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams carries a message of hope, according to CBS News.

Evers-Williams, a civil rights leader in her own right, said:

We are cursed as human beings with this element that's called hatred, prejudice and racism ...But it is my belief that, as it was Medgar's, that there is something good and decent in each and every one of us, and we have to call on that, and we have to find a way to work together.

Watch Bob Dylan's video for "Only A Pawn in Their Game" below:

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