The Driveway

The Driveway

I pulled into my driveway tonight

As I got out of my car

I was unaware

That there was a man

Waiting for me

A hateful man who

Loaded his gun and shot me

Laying on the ground

With blood pouring out of my wound

My wife and children

Come to me as I lay dying

I slowly wait in agony

For death to come

I finally close my eyes

One last time

And look down

At my wife and children

As I am guided into heaven

I look down on them

Well into the future

Seeing laws be passed

That allow my children

the same rights

that I fought for them

To have the same education as a white child

To play with them

To sing and laugh

I forgot to mention my name

I am Medgar Evers.

I lost my life fighting for what is right

Fighting for the freedom of all men

I look down today smiling

Seeing the happy faces

Of my children and grandchildren

Knowing that the bad man lost

Because a good fight was won

Tonight, as a part of our "The March Goes On" series, we remember civil rights activist Medgar Evers. This Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  Jerry Mitchell, reporter for Jackson's Clarion-Ledger, joins us at 6E/3P to remember the legacy Evers left behind.

In memory of Medgar Evers, a civil rights activist, who was assassinated in his driveway by Byron De La Beckwith in 1963. Charges were brought against De La Beckwith in the Evers trial in the 1960’s, both of these trials ended up with hung juries. On February 5th, 1994, after thirty years and eight months, justice was finally served and Byron De La Beckwith was found guilty. 

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