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, 2013Myrlie 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