At the direction of Congress, the voices and experiences from the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century are being documented in an oral history project. This effort is a collaboration of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Library of Congress and the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
This June is the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ murder. A Mississippi field officer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Evers was gunned down in his driveway by a sniper. Some 30 years later, segregationist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of killing Evers. This is an interview with sisters Dorie and Joyce Ladner who knew and worked with Medgar Evers. They became civil rights activists as young women in the early 1960s, determined – as Dorie Ladner put it – “to get their freedom” despite constant threats and intimidation.