Medgar Evers to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom Posthumously


Medgar Evers, Mississippi field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), poses for a photo, Aug. 9, 1955, in Jackson, Miss. He was assassinated outside his home in Jackson on June 12, 1963, as a result of his work to promote racial equality, voting rights and social justice. (AP Photo, File)
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Today, Medgar Evers will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously. Evers, a distinguished World War II veteran and a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, tragically was assassinated on June 12, 1963, in the driveway of his residence in Jackson, Mississippi. 

The Presidential Medal of Freedom stands as the highest civilian award in the United States, recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions to national security, global peace, cultural advancement, or significant public or private achievements.

Recipients are handpicked by the sitting president. President Harry S. Truman initiated the award in 1946 by selecting its inaugural recipient.

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