Medgar Evers was born in 1925 in Decatur Mississippi and was one of the first martyrs of the civil rights movement. He was briefly served in the U.S. Army and continued on to graduate from A&M College in 1952. His first job was selling insurance in rural Mississippi, and he soon grew frustrated with the despicable conditions of poor black families. Evers joined the NAACP and was appointed Mississippi’s first field secretary. Outspoken and demanding, he fought for many civil rights battles, including the court decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the right to vote, and boycotting of discriminating merchants. On June 13, 1963, he was shot in the back right outside of his car.