Nation: Part of the Way

"My husband made it as close as Arlington [National Cemetery]," Medgar Evers' widow Myrlie said in Mississippi last week. "Maybe Charles will go all the way to Washington."

Charles Evers, 45, has already come quite far since he took over as field secretary of Mississippi's N.A.A.C.P. in 1963, when his brother was cut down by a sniper. Last week, in a special election conducted to fill the congressional seat that was vacated by racist Governor John Bell Williams, Evers polled 33,713 of 114,767 votes in a race against six white conservative candidates. His trip is likely to end there, however—at least for...

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