50 years after Medgar Evers
June 5, 2013 6:23 AM Subscribe
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Starting on Jan 14th, 1963
, with George Wallace's pledge for "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" there followed a year that included 930 demonstrations and over 20,000 arrests, the year ended with a conversation between Martin Luther King Jr
. and President Lyndon Johnson on December 3rd, only two weeks after the assasination of John F. Kennedy.
It was the beginning of a long struggle, Susan Glisson, director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi said it well with the statement, "It took grass roots — women and children and men — to lead the effort for social change, and it was much harder in Mississippi than other places. And that story needs to be told. It's not just this easy, Martin stood up and Rosa sat down and everybody's free."
Next Monday, June 11th, 2013, will be the 50th anniversary of JFK's announcement
: "This afternoon, following a series of threats and defiant statements, the presence of Alabama National Guardsmen was required on the University of Alabama to carry out the final and unequivocal order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. This order called for the admission of two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happen to have been born Negro."
Next Tuesday will be the 50th anniversary
of the day, Medgar Evers
was assassinated in the driveway of his home by Byron De La Beckwith
. It took over 30 years for De La Beckwith to be convicted of the crime.
50 years later, the country is still struggling with issues related to civil rights, including the Supreme Court's examination
of aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
(during the summer of 2013, NPR will be continuing its focus on the civil rights related events of 1963)