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Coming to Emmett Till Blog; Interview with Leading Till Historian, Devery Anderson


Devery Anderson, a leading Emmett Till historian, author, speaker and blogger will share some of his newest findings and thoughts about Emmett Till in an upcoming interview on this blog. Be sure to subscribe to this blog today so that you will not miss this fascinating post. Susan

Emmett Till — One Day After the Anniverary

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” ― Frederick Douglass Who Killed Emmett Till, by Susan Klopfer Emmett Till was just a kid, a black kid from Chicago who had limited ideas about racial politics or an old man called Jim Crow. Till’s mother had given her son some warning before he went […]

A Mississippi Modern Civil Rights Movement Leader Tells His Story

(Sociologist, civil rights leader, historian and author Hunter Gray, tells a good story of how he landed in Jackson, Mississippi just as the modern civil rights movement was heating up. It’s a good story! Hunter — aka Hunter Bear, Dr. John Salter — was hired in the early 1060s as a sociology professor by small, private and […]

Mississippi statue to honor civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer

Note: Free ebook, Who Killed Emmett Till, July 13 at Smashwords. Go to * * * * * Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer was known world-wide for her civil rights and voting rights activities. THERE ARE SOME essential stories one must know to understand or at least have a feel for the modern civil rights movement in […]

This month in history; Emmett Till article released by Look Magazine

On Jan. 24, 1956, a major publication, Look magazine published an article in which two white men from Mississippi, confessed to brutally murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till, a Black teen from Chicago who was visiting family in Mississippi. From the Land of Emmett Till: Courthouse across the Cassidy bayou in Sumner, Mississippi (where the trial of J.W. Milam […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Watching History Float By On a Sunday Afternoon

The Story of Henry Crosby, a black man lynched in 1913 in Mississippi Interesting graph, placing increased lynching in the South into a time frame between founding of the Ku Klux Klan and Northern migration Here is how a conversation on Facebook ended up today, I swear, with a fascinating discovery of a facebook friend’s […]

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 […]

Anniversary of Emmett Till’s Murder; Saturday, Aug. 28

This Saturday is the 55th anniversary of the murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till, an incident that galvanized the modern civil rights movement. (Left, the shed where Till was murdered on Aug. 28, 1955 outside of Drew, Mississippi. Photo by Susan Klopfer.) In observance, the Emmett Till Foundation today kicks off a weekend of observances commemorating […]