This Day in History: JFK civil Rights Speech and the Assasination of Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers

In assasination, civil rights, Crime, television, U.S History, U.S Presidents on June 12, 2009 by Editor Z

The date of June 11, 1963 was a significant mark in the history of the U.S Civil Rights movement. One in which their was both an urging for a nation to examine and follow its moral compass as well as a tragedy that stained the earth of Mississippi in blood.

The first was an address by President John F Kennedy on national television that night in which he called on the country at large to examine its conscience in regards to segregation and racism, as well as a request that congress take up Civil Rights legislation.

That night in Mississippi, as the President gave his speech; in a driveway in his Mississippi home a gunshot shattered any sense of peace, striking down and killing longtime civil rights activist and field secretary of the Mississippi NAACP Medgar Evers. Evers died soon thereafter at the age of 37.

The following is a documentary clip that examines both the legacy of Evers and the tense and vicious climate of the segregationist south in the 1960s.



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