Quiz Question: Which civil rights leader’s killer was convicted of first-degree murder in 1994, three decades after the crime?
The given options are as follows:
- Malcolm X
- Medgar Evers
- Martin Luther King Jr.
The correct answer is: Medgar Evers
Fact: In 1964, two hung juries let white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith go free, but Evers’ widow Myrlie fought for years to keep the case open. After an investigation showed the state of Mississippi had tampered with the original case, a new jury convicted De La Beckwith in 1994 on the same evidence presented in the 1964 trial.