Slain Civil Rights Activist Honored

A slain civil rights activist is honored 50 years after his assassination.

Panama City Mayor Greg Brudniicki read and signed a commemorative proclamation in honor of Medgar Evers, a World War 2 veteran, and NAACP's first field secretary in Mississippi.

Evers was assassinated in front of his home on the morning of June 12th, 1963 in Jackson.

City Officials say remembering men like Evers is important to our future.

"It is important because the struggle continues. I mean, we have to continue to work in the area of economical justice to empower our people," said Dr. Rufus Wood.

"It is important, that we shouldn't ever forget, and he tried his best to do that, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Mayor Brudnicki.

After two failed attempts his assassin Byron de la Beckwith was convicted for the murder of Medgar Evers in 1994. He died in prison in 2001 at the age of 80.