Archive | Aaron Henry

Civil Rights and the Changing World

How history was made and how it’s being written Aaron Henry, Mississippi Civil Rights leader from Clarksdale who made a difference Recently I ran into an interesting article on the modern civil rights movement that brought important questions to light. The theme was based on a discussion of longtime social and civil rights activist, educator, […]

Lawrence Guyot, long time civil rights advocate, dies

Lawrence Guyot (July 17, 1939 – November 23, 2012) was a civil rights activist who was the head of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party from 1964 (Publisher’s note: This story just came in. Lawrence Guyot was a longtime fighter for civil rights. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Philadelphia, Miss., on the steps of […]

Ever Hear of the Mississippi Delta Blues?

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Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta Blues Mural (Photo by Susan Klopfer) Ever hear of the Mississippi Delta Blues? I hadn’t, until I moved to the Delta several years ago. This mural appears in the town of Clarksdale today, reminiscent of the town’s early blues and civil rights history. One of my favorite Clarksdale residents was not a […]

Could the plight of women ‘back then’ be a sign of things to come? (A review of The Help and more civil rights discourse)

My Mother’s Witness The Peggy Morgan Story Carolyn Haines River City Publishing 2003 Have I read The Help or seen the movie, yet? My mother’s enthusiasm was all over the place when she asked me this question. At 94, she had just seen the movie; a group from the Episcopal Church went together for the […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: My Favorite Mississippi Christmas Story — Boycotts Work!

I appreciate this story that comes out of Mississippi, from the modern civil rights movement, and tell it often —  especially this time of the year. As 1961 came to a close, some white folks in the Mississippi Delta were dreaming of a White Christmas when they decided to keep their black customers away from […]

When Mississippi Does it Right — Aaron Henry: A Civil Rights Leader of the 20th Century

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Aaron Henry, civil rights leader Kudos to the Mississippi Historical Society for the beautiful piece written on civil rights leader, Aaron Henry (by Constance Curry, who with Aaron Henry wrote The Fire Ever Burning. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000.) Aaron Henry’s Fourth Street Drug Store, which opened in 1950 in Clarksdale, became a hub […]

Lets Hope The Help Is Not Just Another Gone With The Wind or Mississippi Burning Historical Failure of a Civil Rights Movie

Media ReleaseContact Susan Klopferhttp://susanklopfer.comGallup, New Mexico 87301 Here’s Hoping The Help Is Not Another Historical Failure of a Movie By Susan Klopfer, civil rights and diversity author/speaker Whore’s Lake, outside of Drew, Miss., where white KKK females reportedly threw bodies of their black murder victims, as late as the early 1960s. Drew is some 40 […]

CBS News Analyst Talks About Famous Court Cases; Includes Emmett Till

From The Daily ProgressBy Sharon C. Fitzgerald Daily Progress Correspondent Celebrities and politics have shaped verdicts in the courtroom long before the days of O.J. Simpson and Timothy McVeigh, said CBS News legal analyst Jack Ford. Ford, who covered the Simpson and McVeigh trials during his years at TruTV, was the guest speaker Friday at […]

Emmett Till Q and A’s; The Questions People Often Ask about this 1955 Crime That Sparked the Modern Civil Rigths Movement

Whenever I speak about Emmett Till and other Mississippi murders, I get interesting questions from audience members. Here are several … First question, often asked:  Is the Emmett Till story still important? Do people still care? Emmett Till’s murder took place over 54 years ago, back in 1955, and yet we are just beginning to […]

Politicians Should Pay Heed to History; Boycotts Work Says Civil Rights Author, Susan Klopfer

Contact: Susan Klopferhttp://susanklopfer.comsklopfer@gmail.com Politicians Should Pay Heed to History; Boycotts Work Boycotts make a definite economic impact for groups seeking social justice, says a civil rights author. Responding to Arizona’s law cracking down on illegal immigration and the resulting national protests, including threat of boycott to Arizona’s tourism industry, Susan Klopfer, author of three books […]