These martyrs gave their lives for the struggle for Human rights for African-Americans. We must remember that not only Blacks but Whites as well died for us to get to this level of the struggle. Unfortunately, as the struggle for human rights continues and intensifies, this list as in the list of victims will grow. The late Bob Marley has said in his song , Natural Mystic, “Many more will have to suffer, many more will have to die..”
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James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael “Mickey” Schwernerwho were recently posthumously awarded by Pres. Barack Obama, the Presidential Medal of Freedom’ shot at close range on the night of June 21–22, 1964 by members of the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klanthe Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office and the Philadelphia Police Department located in Philadelphia, Mississippi, The three had been working on the “Freedom Summer” campaign, attempting to register African Americans to vote.
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Fred Hampton, chairman of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party. He was a very charismatic community leader. He was gunned down by FBI & Chicago Police in a raid on his home, while in still in bed. He was 21 years old.
John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was a white American abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. Brown’s followers also killed five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie. In 1859, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry that ended with his capture. Brown’s trial resulted in his conviction and a sentence of death by hanging.
Medgar Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the civil rights movement. He became a field secretary for the NAACP.Evers was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens’ Council. As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.