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Hundreds honor Medgar Evers during Tribute Gala

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Fifty Years ago Mississippi lost one of its most noted Civil Rights leaders. Medgar Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his Jackson home on June 12, 1963.

Hundreds gathered for the Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary Commemorative Tribute Gala at the Jackson Convention Complex. The black tie affair recognized the sacrifices of Mississippi's first NAACP Field Secretary.

Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, walked the red carpet prior to the start of the festivities.

Civil Rights activists and participants in the movement came to Jackson to share in the tribute to the life and sacrifice of Medgar Wiley Evers killed 50 years ago by an assassin's bullet.

"All this change you see in Mississippi is a tribute to Medgar's sacrifice and service and courage and smarts," said friend and Civil Rights activist Vernon Jordan.

"Medgar must know today that even white people in Mississippi changed, and that's the great part," said brother Charles Evers.

Also taking part in the event were Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson as well as the newly elected mayor, both recognizing the reach of Evers' death.

"Never did I think that that event that took place 50 years ago would have the kind of impact it is having on my live and on the lives of others," said Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.

"Medgar Evers is a hero not only for Jackson Mississippi but for the world," said Jackson Mayor Elect Chokwe Lumumba.

"What he did freed us white folks as well as black folks. So that's why we're here tonight," said Former Mississippi Governor William Winter.

Many noted that in the past 50 years African Americans emerged from being prevented to vote, to being elected to offices including the nation's highest office, the presidency.

"I will close by saying to him, his spirit, all that he left us, we love you Medgar. We love you," said Myrlie Evers-Williams.

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