Ghost"s of Mississippi

Topics: Medgar Evers, Ku Klux Klan, Byron De La Beckwith Pages: 4 (973 words) Published: October 16, 2014


Ghosts of Mississippi

The Ghosts of Mississippi is a movie about the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in 1963. On June 11, 1963 President John F, Kennedy was giving a speech on civil rights. Medgar Evers wife Myrlie and there 3 children watched the speech in their home waiting for, Medgar Evers to return home. Shortly after midnight Medgar Evers pulled into his driveway of his Jackson MS home as he was getting out of his car he was shot in the back by forty-two year old Bryon de la Beckwith. Bryon de la Beckwith was a Mississippi native, also known as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and a white supremacist, Bryon bragged for 31 years how he had gotten away with killing Medgar Evers. Bryon knew he would never be convicted of killing a black man in Mississippi, no one has ever been convicted of killing a black man in Mississippi. Bryon de La Beckwith was tried twice for killing Medgar Evers, but there were so many racial and judicial issues surrounding the trial and in both trials they had all white men on the jury in which they were unable to reach a verdict. The presiding Judge Moore was a racist, during one point during the trial when Mrylie is on the stand it shows Bryon shaking hands with the Governor of Mississippi, while court is in session. One reporter say’s to another reporter; “there is not a court in America that would stand any or this “, the other reporter replies “What’s America got to do with anything, this is Mississippi.” When Bryon took the stand he denied any involvement in the shooting of Medgar, he goes on and say’s a few days before the murder his rifle was stolen. Much of the evidence that was presented in the case all points to Bryon being the shooter, the gun that was used to kill Medgar Evers had Bryon’s fingerprints on it, Bryon was spotted in the parking lot at Joe’s Diner , a block away from Medgar Evers house, on the night of the murder. The defense team had...
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