Medgar Evers/B.B. King celebrations wrap up with concert - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Medgar Evers/B.B. King celebrations wrap up with concert

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The celebrations continue this weekend to honor a Civil Rights pioneer and a music legend.

Events have been scheduled all day yesterday and today for the 47th annual Medgar Evers - B.B. King homecoming.

The final party, a blues show, kicked off Sunday afternoon at the Central City Complex. Organizers call it a celebration of Evers life. In 1963 Medgar Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his Jackson home by Byron De La Beckwith.

"Progress has been made from the time he was here 47 years ago when we couldn't get a drink of water from the water fountain because we were Negroes. Forty-seven years ago when we couldn't go to the bathroom because we were Negroes. Forty seven years ago we couldn't ride the bus, except the back seat. Forty seven years ago when not a single black elected officials in Mississippi, now we have the highest number in the country," said Charles Evers, Medgar Evers' brother.

The blues show featured a number of talented artists including Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, the Too Extreme Band and Karen Wolfe.

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