Medgar Evers was the NAACP's first field officer in Mississippi and he played an influential in desegregating the University of Mississippi when James Meredith attempted to integrate into Ole Miss.
Medgar Evers lived in Mississippi, a place where few blacks dared to speak of civil rights. Despite this, Medgar Evers still played an active role in civil rights and became a fervent member of the NAACP. He and his family endured many threats but he still continued to support what he felt was most important: civil rights. On June 12, 1963, Evers was shot in the back as he emerged from his car, becoming one of the martyrs of the civil rights movement.