On the anniversary of his #assassination , today we honor #MedgarEvers , an #AfricanAmerican#civilrights activist and pivotal member of the #NAACP . He worked to overturn #segregation in public facilities and to expand opportunities for #Blacks , including the enforcement of #votingrights .
55 years ago today, Evers pulled into his driveway after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers, his family waiting for him in the house. Emerging from his car and carrying NAACP T-shirts that read "#JimCrowMustGo ," Evers was shot in the back by a #whitesupremacist , the bullet ripping through his heart. He was taken to the local hospital in #Jackson , where he was initially refused entry because of his #race until his family explained who he was, making him the first African American to be admitted to an all-white hospital in #Mississippi . He died in the hospital 50 minutes later. He received full military honors before a crowd of more than 3,000 people, buried on June 19 in #Arlington National Cemetery.
After Evers' assassinated, over 5,000 people marched from the Masonic Temple to the #Collins Funeral Home in Jackson. The procession was led by Allen Johnson, Reverend #MartinLutherKing and other #civilrightsleaders . The Mississippi #police came prepared with riot gear and rifles in case the #protest turned #violent , but while tensions were high in the stand-off between police and marchers, leaders of the movement remained #nonviolent .