June 12, 2013
Honoring the Life and Legacy of Medgar Evers
The flags at Baruch College and at all CUNY campuses are flying at half mast today to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers. We join with our colleagues at Medgar Evers College, CUNY and the entire nation in honoring the legacy of this human rights pioneer. As an important member of the NAACP, Evers traveled throughout Mississippi, leading peaceful protests against segregation. He bravely stood up to those who denied him admission to the University of Mississippi Law School and fought tirelessly for voter rights. He once presciently said: “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” Evers was assassinated in 1963 as he stood in front of his home in Jackson. His assassination helped set the stage for the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You can learn more about his life at the Medgar Evers College website.
Please join us in remembering the life and legacy of this important figure in America’s civil rights movement.
Mitchel B. Wallerstein
President, Baruch College
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