Mississippi has a fascinating history is full of people who made an impact on others through their music or their activism. A few of these people are Charley Patton, Medgar Evers, and David Banner. Patton and Banner have made their mark in music, but in different genres. Evers was an activist who was murdered for his efforts to fight segregation and racism in Mississippi.
Charley Patton is known as the father of Delta Blues. Charley Patton was born between
the years 1887 and 1891. He wasn’t born in the MS, Delta however, his family moved there and
he spent much of his life there. His Blues came from the fact that he was mixed heritage having
black, Cherokee, and white ancestry. As such he may never have been fully accepted in the
Cherokee Nation and certainly not in the dominant white culture. His family moved to Delta
Plantation favorable treatment of its sharecroppers and lenience on the musical indulgences
Of its residents.
At the Dockery Plantation, Patton and the others gave birth to the Delta Blues. He
learned from a man named Henry Sloan and worked on his own music into the Delta Blues
Style. He influenced many other artists at the Dockery Plantation including younger protégé’s
like Robert Johnson and Howlin Wolf. Although Patton was of a much bigger man which is said
to have influenced the distinctive raspy voice of a Wolf.
Medgar Evers was born July 2, 1925, and he was assassinated June 12, 1963 at the age
of 37. Medgar was an African American Civil Rights activist from Mississippi. Evers was a
former serviceman whose only crime was in being Black in Mississippi and trying to fight the
White establishment. Evers was also involved in efforts to integrate Mississippi society through
school and in voting rights. Medgar organized for Blacks voting rights and was instrumental in
getting witnesses to testify against Milan and Bryant in their murder trial. He also orchestrated
the relocation of the Black witnesses when Milan and Bryant was acquitted.
Medgar was assassinated by Byron De La Beckwith a member of the White Citizens
Council a group with a similar aims as the Klu Klux Klan. Juries composed solely of white men
twice this year, deadlock on Beckwith’s guilt. De La Beckwith got away with murder for 30
years, but as the time changed, so did the need for justice...