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Refugees in the US are now fleeing to Canada

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The timeline for SWTOR has always been wonky considering how fast everything seems to go, but thanks to some canon dates we know the prologue thru the end of Ziost is about 5 years, and that the Outlander is frozen for another 5.

Thanks to Quinn’s immpecible need for detail and consistancy, he informs a SW Outlander that its been 6 years, 8 months, and 12 days since they seperated, thus I presume he counts starting from the day that Marr’s ship went down.

That helps frame the length of time over which KotFE/KotET occur, about a year and a half, allowing for several months of slow rebuilding before the War for Iokath.

With a year and a half to play with, Im inclined to say KotFE took a significant chunk of that because they needed to literally and metaphorically build the Alliance, along with the month it must have been for 3 people and a droid to fix/clean the Gravestone enough so it was spaceflight-worthy. Vaylin’s reign was likely short and brutal, only a few months, cause unlike with Arcaan, the Alliance could go head to head with her basically from the get-go.

The canon dates we have are (per Wookiepedia):
▪The Sith Empire returns and sparks galactic War - 3681 BBY (28 BTC)
▪Treaty of Coruscant - 3653 BBY (0 ATC)
▪The start of the class missions 3643 (10 ATC)
▪End of the Cold War, return to open warfare - 3642 BBY (11 ATC)
▪Invasion by the Eternal Empire - 3637 BBY (16 ATC)
▪Outlander freed, beginings of the Alliance - 3632 BBY (21 ATC)
▪Ending Arcann’s and subsequently Vaylin’s reigns - 3631 BBY (22 ATC)

Which gives us a 12 year time frame from story start to end.

So Id be inclined to break it fully down as:

▪10 ATC: Prologue thru end of Chp 1
▪11 ATC: Chp 2 (Including the Revan-related FPs) *Note: the War is reignited by the SW destroying the War Trust and Baras’ ascension to the Dark Council
▪12 ATC: Chp 3 thru Ilum
▪13 ATC: RotHC, Oricon
▪14 ATC: Forged Alliances
▪15 ATC: Rishi thru Ziost
▪16-21 ATC: Outlander Frozen, Arcann invades and subjugates the galaxy
▪21 ATC: Building the Alliance thru taking down Arcann
▪22 ATC: Taking down Vaylin thru the War for Iokath

And all this is give or take a few months depending on which class story you played. And that time-frame works with the what Quinn tells us, so the war of Iokath is there at the end of 22 ATC or thereabouts.

Student Council Prez [13]

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The second you walk through the door, Sungjae practically launches on top of you, never happier than to see your face. Your two siblings look cleaner than you’ve ever seen them, Sohyun’s hair tight in braids and Sungjae’s own hair swept to the side in the style of the 1940’s. Aunt Eunhye is happy to see you back too but doesn’t waste any time to scold your messy attire.

But as you look around the apartment, everything is well kept and spotless. Most importantly, your siblings have been well fed, are happy and completely safe.

For the next week, you find yourself with less responsibilities and hardships, despite your aunt nagging you to do more chores. Sometimes you even become shocked at how little you have to do or worry about; if your siblings ate or not, how much you had to spend on groceries and what you were going to make - the list was endless but at the same time all but disappeared. For once you were exactly what you should be: a teenager.

Nevertheless, all good things must come to an end.

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my love, the student council president min // yoongi x reader

my love, the student council president min
cliches in a shoujo manga!yoongi x reader // pg-13 // 3665
you have pastel hair in a strict high school and yoongi is the disciplinary committee head. and the love of your life.

a/n: also this is what happens when i read manga for a week, nonstop. this is nonsense and i already know it’s weird but that’s life. i can be weird occasionally, right? it’s also meant to be annoying and not to make that much sense because nothing makes sense in the world of animanga. i will explain no more and leave you with this weird thing. enjoy~

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Student Council Prez [14]

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You’re restless and unable to catch a wink of sleep; rolling around with your whole face flushed red. Sungjae even gets up at midnight, asking if there’s anything wrong and you clear your throat, brushing him off. But every time you close your eyes, all you see is Yoongi’s face millimeters away, his breath fanning on your skin, the crinkle of his eyes and hands pulling you close; and your heart stutters, pounding loudly in your ears.

Your fingertips reach up to your lips, tracing the shape and the cupid’s bow dip; remembering his pressed on yours and the entire cycle begins again - you rolling around with your whole face flushed and unable to sleep.

You wonder if you’re really starting to go insane or if you’ve completely lost your marbles. Once again, Yoongi’s made you lose your mind but this time you can’t find it in you to curse at him.

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Transformers faction propaganda posters!

The symbols on the Autobot poster are a font called “Ancient Autobot” and they read, “Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”

The symbols on the Decepticon poster are a font called “Decepticon Graffiti” and they read, “Peace through tyranny.”

The Autobot Elite Guard poster also uses the Autobot symbols, and it reads “until all are one.”

The yellow and black is a poster for the Functionist Council. If you’re looking for the Prime continuity, then it could represent Sentinel Zeta’s High Council of 13. The symbols are a font called “Modern Iaconic” which doesn’t seem to be affiliated with ‘Bots or ‘Cons. It reads “Form is function.”

The black and white poster is, of course, the Wreckers. <3 The subtext is also in Iaconic, and it reads “Wreck and ruin” (because I couldn’t find another motto and the whole, “backup and clean-up” thing was too long).

More posters.

30 Day SWTOR OC Challenge

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The modified questions are below the read-more. They are meant to be answered as specifically, generally or tangentially as you wish! I hope you enjoy them if you choose to do them. Any questions you prefer not to answer are, of course, completely optional, whether you just don’t want to share that yet or you just haven’t decided.

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Day 1: Introduction

Describe your character in 250 characters or less. Now have your character describe themself in 250 characters or less. Also provide any of the basic biographical stats you wish: full name, age, pronouns, gender, species, class/specializations, etc.

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ian-noble  asked:

Theory: There are 12 members of the Functionist Council. There are 13 members of the 13 Primes, though without The Fallen, that leaves 12. Odds of a connection?

Tenuous connection at best, and it could end up being very well a coincidence, as 12 is a pretty number.

First off, we have to look at what the Functionists really believe in. With the words of the Prima himself, Survive and Thrive. We also see a statue of Adaptus as well. We have yet to see any evidence of the Thirteen being known in the universe as well.

There is also the fact that in the main universe, there isn’t much belief in The Thirteen as well. The first organized religion we see that involve them is from Caminus, where they focus on Solus Prime.

So the question is, what made those two religions divide so drastically?

We have to turn to the origin of Functionism itself.

The First Civil War on Cybertron, also referred to as the Headmaster War, was actually the violent uprising against the political structure of the Thirteen Tribes, each ruled by one of the Thirteen Primes. The Headmaster part of it was just a small part of why the war was fought.

As Nova Prime took over, declaring himself the sole Prime and the Ruler of Cybertron, he instituted Functionism.

What does this have to do with the fact that there is no mention of the Thirteen on the Functionist Cybertron?

First off we have to think of the Functionist Cybertron as a dystopia, a totalitarian regime. Resistance or not, things will seep through, such as the suppression of knowledge and other religions. To have total control of one’s subjects, the suppression of the knowledge that things are better outside of them, or that they even exists outside of them is crucial.

Like for instance the suppression of The Thirteen, who were destroyed to make way for Functionism. To let people know about the Thirteen to begin with might make them wonder who they were, and where they were in the context of actual history.

I wonder how many of the Thirteen those in the Functionist Cybertron can name. Or even if they know they were Thirteen to begin with.

TVD 1x08 Review

Hi all! Welcome to the eighth review of TVD season 1. Considering that I haven’t like sat down to watch a full episode of the past seasons of TVD in a few years and my memory might not be the greatest I think I will start with my usual disclaimer: I write my thoughts in real time so if I make a mistake at the beginning of this post, it will be corrected by the end. There will be anti-Damon and anti-Delena sentiments (I’m only mentioning these two because it’s the beginning of the series), and in light of recent events I feel the need to say that there may be some anti-Jenna sentiments too. I will probably bring up other shows and call attention to misogynoir, racism, anti-blackness etc. Also I do not have MS Word right now so I wrote this on Kingsoft, which is eh, so some of the formatting might be off. Ready? Let’s go.

1. Lexi trolling Stefan is still such a great entrance and I like it because it’s still very cinematic, the show uses the dark shadows, the intense music, we actually see how old the Salvatore Boarding house is because of the wide shots. Season 1 TVD was really cinematic and the show should’ve kept that aesthetic.

2. And I didn’t realize this before but Stefan actually feels 17 years old with Lexi? It’s not just that he’s giddy around her but he actually feels like a teenager.

3. “Come on, let’s go, I mean what’s keeping you here?” “Her name is Elena.” Seriously, it’s been iterated and reiterated that Stefan can’t leave town because of Elena — in the finale, he could’ve gone with Caroline and Alaric etc. but he stays, well they say he stays because he won’t leave Damon because Damon won’t leave Elena but the fact remains Elena’s at the root of why he’ll stay and she’s the last person he sees before “moving on”; not to mention, he’s about to go soul-searching in 8x14 but Damon asks him to stay because Cade has Elena so Stefan does; in season 5 Katherine says that he keeps wanting to leave “this one horse town” but stays because of Elena while in season 3 he decides to stay because Elena turned into a vampire and she chose him.

4. I still never understood why Lexi couldn’t just find a witch somewhere and ask them to make her a daylight ring? She’s been alive for how long?

5. Well at least Jenna escorts them to the police station. Half a point.

6. Elena. Stefan. You guys know where’s not a good place to talk about the fact that you were lying to the police? Outside of the police station.

7. “Around you people get hurt and people die” um, Elena, it’s not Stefan’s fault that Damon is a homicidal douchebag.

8. I really, thoroughly, in my bones hate that they made Damon and Lexi sleep together in the 70s. That insertion was unnecessary and disgusting and I feel like the writers need to understand that women can be around Damon and not end up fucking him.

9. It’s funny, one of the Jenna-defending anons was saying how Jenna is better than Kelly and Bonnie’s parents but that anon is actually incorrect because we simply don’t see Bonnie’s father until season 4 but he’s been around in season 11, she leaves Grams’ place because “Dad doesn’t like it when I stay over too long” and they joke about how he’s always right, so he’s actually involved in Bonnie’s life but the show just doesn’t let us see it.

10. I kind of also really want Bonnie’s butterfly earrings.

11. My friend really hated that Jenna only jokes about Jeremy doing homework because she was like, if my brother was drinking and pill-popping and spiralling and then suddenly was doing homework and being productive then I would worry about manic depression with extreme highs and lows.

12. The Council is actually useless.

13. Did Kat not have tattoos in season 1 or did the show actually put effort into covering them up?

14. I like how Bonnie has to make it up to Elena that she’s been MIA when she’s going through her 30 second break-up with Stefan but when Grams dies, it becomes about Elena’s confusion over Isobel and Elena is terrible at being there for her.

15. Oh look, Damon compelling Caroline some more when Caroline specifically told him to stay away from her but ah yes, that wasn’t an abusive relationship.

16. But to that anon who asked if Stefan should’ve done more to protect Caroline, let’s rehash what happened — Stefan finds out that Damon has been feeding from Caroline in 1x03, in 1x04 he spikes her drink to take Damon down, in 1x05 Damon is in the cellar and he tells Caroline that Damon is never coming back and then Damon breaks out of the cellar and kills all the druggies and almost kills Vicki, in 1x06 he tells Stefan that those deaths are on him since he starved Damon but then he turns Vicki so Stefan is dealing with that through until 1x07 and a little into 1x08 since he has to cover up what happened in 1x07. He was a little busy.

17. “See this isn’t about sex or compulsion or any of our other tricks, she has to want to be with me on her own terms.” And people want to argue that SE is an abusive relationship?

18. But Lexi didn’t even warm up the blood though. In True Blood and BTVS they warm up blood in microwaves all the time.

19. “I prefer mine at 98.6″ at least they reference that Damon prefers warm blood but like what vampire wouldn’t? Y’all don’t have a microwave?

20. The way Stefan defends Elena to Lexi is with so much heart and so much conviction, like he even touches his gut when he says “On the inside they’re completely different”, like he LOVES her. 

21. I also like how Elena opens the door and sees Stefan and she’s smiling but she’s trying to be standoffish so she’s trying not to smile as she says, “What are you doing here?” It isn’t working, Elena.

22. And that smile she has when he assures her nothing romantic ever happened between him and Lexi. Girl, just stop fighting it.

23. Bah their gazes are too much.

24. I really do love that Stefan keeps trying to make Matt understand that he was trying to help Vicki and it’s not for brownie points from Elena, he just wanted Matt to understand his intentions were good ones.

25. Seriously, Damon tears down Caroline so much and what’s even more awful is that uncompelled she legit wants nothing to do with him, she’s like I’m done being your little slave girl so then he compelled her compliance so this is compelled Caroline being like I’m so good to you and I’d do anything and he tears her down by calling her useless, stupid and shallow so he essentially compels her just to tear her down again so she has to rebuild constantly.

26. The way Stefan dances is the way I dance, like nah guys, I’ma be in the corner, just yeahh no.

27. I mean, Lexi, you don’t have ID though?

28. “Towel girl”, really Elena, that was lame.

29. I know a lot of people love “When it’s real, you can’t walk away” but I always loved, “I’m scared.” “But you’re here, because you’re crazy about him” because I think that speaks to SE so much, like whatever fear they may have, fear of being happy, fear of seeing each other’s darkest aspects, fear of the supernatural, they’re always next to each other despite that because they’re so in love.

30. Lol all of SE’s longing gazes.

31. “Are those curly fries?” lol Candice’s delivery was on point, also I really do think Mattoline could be sweet.

32. Damon legit killed Lexi on Stefan’s birthday. Like Stefan’s one and only friend for his entire vampiric existence dies on his birthday. Lexi came into town for ONE day and Damon just HAD to fuck it up. He legit could’ve just used Vicki’s body.

33. Like Damon does the MOST in these episodes and in 1x09 he goes even further by trying to kill Bonnie and they expect me to believe that Elena would be comfortable with him in 1x11? IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE especially, ESPECIALLY since they actually hardly spend any time together throughout these episodes.

34. Also no one saw what happened outside?

35. “He’s never going to change, Elena!” Ha, how true those words are.

36. Although Stefan actually seems pretty calm about Lexi, considering.

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The Assassination of Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers, & The Conviction Of His Killer 30+ Years After His Murder

Medgar’s Life & Activism Before His Assassination

Evers was born July 2, 1925, in Decatur, Mississippi, third of the five children (including older brother Charlie Evers) of James and Jesse Evers; the family also included Jesse’s two children from a previous marriage.[4] The Everses owned a small farm and James worked at a sawmill.[5] Evers walked twelve miles to go to school, and earned his high-school diploma.[6] From 1943 to 1945 he fought in the European Theater and the Battle of Normandy with the United States Army during World War II, and was discharged honorably as a sergeant.[7]

In 1948 Evers enrolled at Alcorn College (a historically black college, now Alcorn State University) majoring in business administration.[8] He also competed on the debate, football, and track teams, sang in the choir, and was junior class president.[9] He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1952.[8]

On December 24, 1951, he married classmate Myrlie Beasley.[10] Together they had three children: Darrell Kenyatta, Reena Denise, and James Van Dyke.[11] Darrell died in February 2001 of colon cancer.[12]

The couple moved to Mound Bayou, Mississippi, where Evers became a salesman for T. R. M. Howard’s Magnolia Mutual Life Insurance Company.[13] Howard was also president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership (RCNL);[14] Evers helped organize the RCNL’s boycott of filling stations which denied blacks use of the stations’ restrooms.[15] Evers and his brother Charles also attended the RCNL’s annual conferences in Mound Bayou between 1952 and 1954, which drew crowds of ten thousand or more.[16]

Evers applied to the then-segregated University of Mississippi Law School in 1954 but his application was rejected.[17] He submitted his application in concert with the NAACP as a test case.[18]

In late 1954 Evers’ was named the NAACP’s first field secretary for Mississippi.[5] In this position, he helped organize boycotts and set up new local chapters of the NAACP. He was involved with James Meredith’s efforts to enroll in the University of Mississippi in the early 1960s.[18] Evers’ also helped Dr. Gilbert Mason Sr. organize the Biloxi Wade-Ins, protests against segregation efforts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches.[19]

Evers’ civil rights leadership and investigative work made him a target of white supremacists. In the weeks leading up to his death, the hostility directed towards him grew. His public investigations into the murder of Emmett Till and his vocal support of Clyde Kennard had made him a prominent black leader. On May 28, 1963, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the carport of his home.[20] On June 7, 1963, Evers was nearly run down by a car after he emerged from the Jackson NAACP office.[13]

The Assassination of Medgar Evers By His Murderer, Byron De La Beckwith & How Long It Took To Get Justice

In the early morning of June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy‘s speech on national television in support of civil rights, Evers pulled into his driveway after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers. Emerging from his car and carrying NAACP T-shirts that read “Jim Crow Must Go,” Evers was struck in the back with a bullet fired from an Enfield 1917 rifle; the bullet ripped through his heart. He staggered 9 meters (30 feet) before collapsing. He was taken to the local hospital in Jackson where he was initially refused entry because of his color, until it was explained who he was; he died in the hospital 50 minutes later.[21][full citation needed]

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The driveway where Medgar Evers was shot at 2332 Margaret Walker Alexander Drive.


Mourned nationally, Evers was buried on June 19 in Arlington National Cemetery, where he receivedfull military honors before a crowd of more than 3,000.[14]

On June 21, 1963, Byron De La Beckwith, a fertilizer salesman and member of the White Citizens’ Council (and later of the Ku Klux Klan), was arrested for Evers’ murder.[23]

District Attorney and future governor Bill Waller prosecuted De La Beckwith.[24] Juries composed solely of white men twice that yeardeadlocked on De La Beckwith’s guilt.

In 1994, 30 years after the two previous trials had failed to reach a verdict, De La Beckwith was brought to trial based on new evidence.Bobby DeLaughter was the prosecutor. During the trial, the body of Evers was exhumed from his grave for an autopsy.[3] De La Beckwith was convicted of murder on February 5, 1994, after having lived as a free man for much of the three decades following the killing (he was imprisoned from 1977 to 1980 for conspiring to murder A. I. Botnick). De La Beckwith appealed unsuccessfully, and died at age 80 in prison in January 2001.

The Murderer of Medgar Evers: Byron De La Beckwith

The White Citizens’ Council was founded in 1954 following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation was unconstitutional. Begun in Mississippi, chapters arose in towns across the South and used a variety of economic tactics to suppress black activism and sustain segregation. The councils applied pressure through boycotts, denial of loans and credit, employment termination, and other means. In Mississippi they prevented school integration until 1964.[6]

De La Beckwith became a member of the White Citizens’ Council; however, he thought that more direct action was needed. On June 12, 1963, he assassinated NAACP civil rightsleader Medgar Evers outside Evers’ home in Jackson.

The state twice prosecuted De La Beckwith for murder in 1964, but both trials ended with hung juries. The jurors were all male and all white. Mississippi had effectivelydisfranchised black voters since 1890, and they were thus prevented from serving on juries, whose membership was limited to voters. During the second trial, the former GovernorRoss Barnett (D) interrupted the trial to shake hands with Beckwith while Myrlie Evers, the widow of the activist, was testifying.[1] In the 1980s, the Jackson Clarion Ledgerpublished reports on its investigation of the trial, which found that the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, supported by residents’ taxes, had assisted De La Beckwith’s attorneys in his second trial by using state resources to investigate members of the jury pool during voir dire.[1][2]

In January 1966, De La Beckwith, along with a number of other members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee to testify about Klan activities. Although De La Beckwith gave his name when asked by the committee (unlike other witnesses, such as Sam Bowers, who invoked theFifth Amendment in response to that question), he answered no other substantive questions.[2] In the following years, Beckwith became a leader in the segregationist Phineas Priesthood, an offshoot of the white supremacist Christian Identity Movement. The group was known for its hostility towards African AmericansJewsCatholics, and foreigners.

According to Delmar Dennis, who acted as a key witness for the prosecution at the 1994 trial, De La Beckwith boasted of his role in the death of Medgar Evers at several KKK rallies and at similar gatherings in the years following his mistrials. In 1967, he unsuccessfully sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi.[2]

In 1973, informants alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation of Beckwith’s plans to murder A.I. Botnick, director of the New Orleans-based B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League, in retaliation for comments that Botnick had made about white southerners and race relations. Following several days of surveillance, Beckwith’s car was stopped by New Orleans Police Department officers as he crossed over the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge. Among the contents of his vehicle were several loaded firearms, a map with highlighted directions to Botnick’s house, and a dynamite time bomb. On August 1, 1975, Beckwith was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder; he served nearly three years in the Angola Prison in Louisiana from May 1977 until his parole in January 1980.[2] Just before entering prison to serve his sentence, Beckwith was ordained by Rev. Dewey “Buddy” Tucker as a minister in the Temple Memorial Baptist Church; a Christian Identity congregation in KnoxvilleTennessee.[7]

“Where Is the Voice Coming From?” (1963), a short story by the notable writer Eudora Welty, is considered one of the most significant works related to De La Beckwith’s crime. Welty was from Jackson, Mississippi, and she said later:

“Whoever the murderer is, I know him: not his identity, but his coming about, in this time and place. That is, I ought to have learned by now, from here, what such a man, intent on such a deed, had going on in his mind. I wrote his story–my fiction–in the first person: about that character’s point of view.”[9]

Welty’s story was published in The New Yorker (July 6, 1963) soon after De La Beckwith’s arrest. So accurate was her portrayal that the magazine changed several details in the story before publication, for legal reasons.[10]

Byron De La Beckwith was the subject of the 1963 Bob Dylan song “Only a Pawn in Their Game”, which deplores Evers’ murder and the racial environment of the South.

In 1991, the murder of Evers and first trials of Beckwith were the basis of the episode titled “Sweet, Sweet Blues”, written by author William James Royce for the NBC television series In the Heat of the Night. In the episode, actor James Best plays a character based on De La Beckwith, an aging Klansman who appears to have gotten away with murder.

The 1996 film Ghosts of Mississippi tells the story of the murder and 1994 trial. James Woods portrayed De La Beckwith in an Academy Award-nominated performance.

In 2001, Bobby DeLaughter published his memoir of the case and trial, Never Too Late: A Prosecutor’s Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Trial.[11]

Medgar’s Legacy

Evers’s legacy has been kept alive in a variety of ways. Evers was memorialized by leading Mississippi and national authors, both black and white: Eudora WeltyJames BaldwinMargaret Walker and Anne Moody.[25] In 1963, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal from theNAACP.[26] In 1969, Medgar Evers College was established in Brooklyn, New York as part of the City University of New York. Evers’s widow,Myrlie Evers co-wrote the book For Us, the Living with William Peters in 1967. In 1983, a movie was made based on the book. Celebrating Evers’s life and career, it starred Howard Rollins, Jr. and Irene Cara as Medgar and Myrlie Evers, airing on PBS. The film won the Writers Guild of America award for Best Adapted Drama.[27] On June 28, 1992, the city of Jackson, Mississippi erected a statue in honor of Evers. All of Delta Drive (part of U.S. Highway 49) in Jackson was renamed in Evers’ honor. In December 2004, the Jackson City Council changed the name of the city’s airport to “Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport” (Jackson-Evers International Airport) in honor of him.[28]

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Statue at Medgar Evers Boulevard Library in 

Jackson, Mississippi


His widow Myrlie Evers became a noted activist in her own right later in life, eventually serving as chair of the NAACP.[29] Medgar’s brother Charles Evers returned to Jackson in July 1963 and served briefly in his slain brother’s place. He remained involved in Mississippi civil rights activities for many years and resides in Jackson.[30]

On the 40-year anniversary of Evers’ assassination, hundreds of civil rights veterans, government officials, and students from across the country gathered around his grave site at Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate his life and legacy. Barry Bradford and three students—Sharmistha Dev, Jajah Wu and Debra Siegel, formerly of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois—planned and hosted the commemoration in his honor.[31] Evers was the subject of the students’ research project.[32]

In October 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Mississippi governor, announced that USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, would be named in the activist’s honor.[33] The ship was christened by Myrlie Evers-Williams on November 12, 2011.[34]

In June 2013, a statue of Evers was erected at his alma mater, Alcorn State University, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death.[35] Alumni and guests from around the world gathered to recognize his contributions to American society.

Evers was further honored in a tribute at Arlington National Cemetery on the 50th anniversary of his death.[36] Former President Bill Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Senator Roger Wicker and NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous all spoke commemorating Evers.[37][38] Evers’ widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams, who also honored her late husband, spoke on his contributions to the advancement of civil rights:[39]

“Medgar was a man who never wanted aberration, who never wanted to be in the limelight. He was a man who saw a job that needed to be done and he answered the call and the fight for freedom, dignity and justice not just for his people but all people.”

Medgar Evers’ Legacy In Popular Culture

The murder and subsequent trials caused an uproar. Musician Bob Dylan wrote his 1963 song “Only a Pawn in Their Game” about the assassination.[40] Nina Simone wrote and sang “Mississippi Goddam” about the Evers case and Phil Ochs wrote the songs “Another Country” and “Too Many Martyrs” (also titled “The Ballad Of Medgar Evers”) in response to the killing, with Matthew Jones and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating CommitteeFreedom Singers also recording the latter song.[40] Eudora Welty’s short story “Where Is the Voice Coming From”, in which the speaker is the imagined assassin of Medgar Evers, was published in The New Yorker in 1963.[41]

Evers’ story inspired a 1991 episode of the NBC TV series In the Heat of the Night, entitled “Sweet, Sweet Blues”, written by author William James Royce. The story tells of a murder of a young black man and the elderly white man, played by actor James Best, who seems to have gotten away with the 40-year-old murder. (The TV episode preceded by several years the trial that convicted Beckwith.) In the Heat of the Night won its first NAACP Image Award for Best Dramatic Series that season.[42]

The 1996 film Ghosts of Mississippi, directed by Rob Reiner, tells the story of the 1994 retrial of Beckwith, in which prosecutor DeLaughter of the Hinds County District Attorney’soffice secured a conviction in state court. Beckwith and DeLaughter were played by James Woods and Alec Baldwin, respectively; Whoopi Goldberg played Myrlie Evers. Evers was portrayed by James Pickens, Jr.. The film was based on a book of the same name.[43][44]

Robert DeLaughter wrote a first-person narrative article entitled “Mississippi Justice” published in Reader’s Digest, and a book, Never Too Late: A Prosecutor’s Story of Justice in the Medgar Evers Case (2001), based on his experiences.[45]

Rapper Jahshua Smith has a song entitled “The Ghost of Medgar Evers,” which can be heard on his 2013 release “The Final Season.” The song contains themes of revolution, political justice, and racial equality and empowerment.