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Known today more for his struggles for civil rights in Mississippi and his           
untimely death at the hands of an assassin than for his writings, Medgar Evers       
nevertheless left behind an impressive record of achievement.                       
Medgar Wiley Evers was born July 2, 1925, near Decatur, Mississippi, and             
attended school there until he was inducted into the army in 1943. After serving     
in Normandy, he attended Alcorn College (now Alcorn State University), majoring     
in business administration. While at Alcorn, he was a member of the debate team,     
the college choir, and the football and track teams, and he also held several       
student offices and was editor of the campus newspaper for two years and the         
annual for one year. In recognition of his accomplishments at Alcorn, he was         
listed in Who?s Who in American Colleges.                                           
At Alcorn he met Myrlie Beasley, of Vicksburg, and the next year, they were         
married on December 24, 1951. He received his B.A. degree the next semester and     
they moved to Mound Bayou, Mississippi, during which time Evers began to             
establish local chapters of the NAACP throughout the Delta and organizing           
boycotts of gasoline stations that refused to allow blacks to use their             
restrooms. He worked in Mound Bayou as an insurance agent until 1954, the year a     
Supreme Court decision ruled school segregation unconstitutional. Despite the       
court?s ruling, Evers applied for and was denied admission to the University of     
Mississippi Law School, but his attempt to integrate the state?s oldest public       
university attracted the attention of the NAACP?s national office, and that same     
year he was appointed Mississippi?s first field secretary for the NAACP.             
Evers and his wife moved to Jackson, where they worked together to set up the       
NAACP office, and he began investigating violent crimes committed against blacks     
and sought ways to prevent them. His boycott of Jackson merchants in the early       
1960s attracted national attention, and his efforts to have James Meredith           
admitted to the University of Mississippi in 1962 brought much-needed federal       
help for which he had been soliciting. Meredith was admitted to Ole Miss, a         
major step in securing civil rights in the state, but an ensuing riot on campus     
left two people dead, and Evers? involvement in this and other activities           
increased the hatred many people felt toward Evers.                                 
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Evers met his future wife, Myrlie, at Alcorn College (now Alcorn State               
In 1954, Evers became the first field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi.       
The name of Medgar Evers has been immortalized in many ways but perhaps none         
more so grandly than in Brooklyn?s Medgar Evers College, a unit of the City         
University of New York.