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Dan Aykroyd expresses appreciation for Medgar Evers during visit

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Hollywood celebrity known for his roles in the "Blues Brothers,"  "Ghostbusters" and his part in the upcoming James Brown biopic "Get on Up," is more than a talented actor. He also has a heart for the urban community and appreciates the sacrifices of Medgar Evers and so many other Mississippians.

"We still have a long way to go the struggle continues," said actor Dan Aykroyd.

The actor, turned Hinds County Reserve Deputy spent his Saturday morning in uniform giving away stuffed animals and other goodies along the Medgar Evers Parade route.

"He didn't only die for the rights of African-Americans he died for the rights of everybody and I was at his house yesterday that was a moment I'll never forget," said Aykroyd.

The moment Medgar Evers was assassinated on June 12,1963 is forever embedded in Jackson native Johnnie Lewis' mind. Lewis lived on the same block as the Evers family. She knew Medgar personally.

"I remember the gunshots I do remember that. I remember my dad getting up and he hollered and that's when Mrs. Medgar went to hollering and that's when we ran down," said Lewis.

Aykroyd is filled with gratitude for Evers' sacrifices and also said he feels indebted to several other Mississippians who helped him develop his musical talents.

"I kind of feel a little debt really because I had such a rewarding career playing the music the African-American songbook that I just felt I want my children to be exposed too," said Aykroyd.

During his time in Jackson Aykroyd has been very involved in the community.

He's purchased a squad car for the Hinds County Sheriff's Department and participated in other events celebrating the life of Medgar Evers.

He's scheduled to leave Jackson on Monday.


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