Mississippi Free Press

Mississippi Free Press — June 22, 1963 Readable PDF

Before his death, Medgar Evers wrote for the Mississippi Free Press. Consequently, the Press devotes much of its June 22, 1963, issue to his death, starting with the headline "Thousands Mourn Evers." This frames several news briefs discussing the abuse of protesters at a Washington, D.C., Evers rally, the halting of a campaign in exchange for civil rights concessions, and Evers's burial in Arlington National Cemetery. The paper also quotes a letter from President Kennedy to Myrlie Evers, Medgar's widow. Kennedy acknowledges to her and the Press's general readership: "Although comforting thoughts are difficult … there can be some solace in the realization of the justice of the cause for which your husband gave his life."

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