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The USNS Medgar Evers

Posted by joyinhome on October 9, 2009

MedgarEversToday, a Navy supply ship will be named for civil rights leader Medgar Evers (37), who was shot in the driveway of his Mississippi home. The nearly 700-foot-long vessel will deliver food, ammunition and parts to other ships at sea. The Navy names ships in the support fleet to honor pioneers, explorers and other notables.

Evers served in the Army, fighting in WWII and earning an honorable discharge. During the civil rights movement Evers served as the national field secretary for the NAACP, organizing protests, voter registration drives and boycotts in his hometown of Mississippi.

Evers was assassinated in 1963 after arriving home from a meeting with NAACP lawyers, however his killer was not convicted until 1994. His death prompted JFK to ask Congress for a comprehensive civil rights bill. Evers is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will announce the honor during a speech at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.

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