Medgar Evers, the first martyred leader of the civil rights movement, was remembered June 5 in an emotional memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery as a son of justice, a hero and a man on the right side of Mississippi’s divisive racial history.
June 5, 2013 Myrlie Evers-Williams and her youngest son, James Van Dyke Evers, hold hands during a prayer at a private ceremony at the grave site of Medgar Evers at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington. James Van Dyke Evers was just 3 years old when his father was killed by a gunman. Medgar Evers, the NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi, was an important figure in the civil rights movement. He was gunned down in his driveway on June 12, 1963. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post Buy Photo