This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Evers was
assassinated by a white supremacist in 1963. In two trials held during 1963,
juries composed solely of white men deadlocked on a conviction. In 1994, 30 years after the two previous trials had failed to reach a verdict, a third trial was held based on new evidence. Evers’ murder launched a series of criminal trials that later inspired civil rights protests, as well as numerous works of art, music, and film.
Assistant US Attorney Silver attended many of the 50th anniversary events to commemorate Medgar Evers assassination and celebrate Evers’ life and achievements. Mr. Silver will discuss the three trials that were held after Evers’ murder, and detail the eventual conviction of Evers’ assassin, Byron De La Beckwith.
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