Archive | Birdia Keglar

Could Oprah Fare Better on Cold Cases Than FBI? Is the Idea Really So Far-Fetched?

Nina Zachery-Black, 73, is sitting home alone today in Minneapolis-St. Paul, admittedly frustrated over the lack of help she’s received from the FBI in trying to find out what happened to her grandmother. Forty-four years ago, Adlena Hamlett and Hamlett’s friend, Birdia Keglar, were both killed after their car was hit head-on by a drunk […]

Margaret Block Remembers Charleston, Mississippi and Birdia Keglar

Margaret Block and I spent the afternoon with Robert Keglar, the late Birdia Keglar’s son. While the state of Mississippi officially recognizes that civil rights activist Birdia Kelgar was murdered in 1966 and has dedicated a portion of Highway 35 south between Charleston city limits and the Panola county line as “The Birdia Keglar Memorial […]

Margaret Block, civil rights movement activist, visits Tallahatchie Co. Courthouse in Charleston

Margaret and I spent the afternoon with Robert Keglar, the late Birdia Keglar’s son. While the state of Mississippi officially recognizes that civil rights activist Birdia Kelgar was murdered in 1966 and has dedicated a portion of Highway 35 south between Charleston city limits and the Panola county line as “The Birdia Keglar Memorial Highway,” […]

Civil Rights Cold Cases Dumped by the FBI; Join Me On a Quick Trip to the Delta

Getting ready (packing) for my trip to Mississippi to work on several cold cases that seem to be shunned by the FBI and others. Actually, the FBI has thrown in the towel and apparently won’t be using the $8 million they were awarded to investigate these killings of black people like Birdia Keglar, Adlena Hamlett, […]

Cold Case Deserves FBI Attention; Is the Dept. of Justice Too Lazy to Investigate Deaths of Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett?

Suzanne Goldenberg of the Guardian writes: This is a Mississippi story. On January 11 1966, a gold-toned Plymouth Fury carrying a group of voting-rights activists crashed on a stretch of road near the small town of Sidon in the west of the state. Two African-American women, Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, were killed on that […]

Black History Month Program; Interview with Stuart Tanner on KRUUFM

New audio book, Who Killed Emmett Till? is based on the Emmett Till Blog and will be featured topic on upcoming KRUUFM interview with BBC Filmmaker Stuart Tanner This Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. CST I’ll be talking with BBC Filmmaker Stuart Tanner about the Mississippi Delta and my new book, “Who Killed Emmett […]

FBI Running Out of Excuses For Refusing Granddaughters’s Pleas; ‘Find Out What Happened to Adlena Hamlett and Birdia Keglar’

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Adlena Hamlett, civil rights advocate, 44th Year Anniversary of Death By Susan Klopfer Two granddaughters of a killed civil rights activist want to see the FBI take a second look at what really happened to their grandmother back in 1966. As soon as the agency agrees to take a first look. To date, the U.S. […]

FBI and Cold Cases; Might as Well Buy a New Freezer, Families Say

Louis Allen, killed in Mississippi So it’s not just me that is unhappy over the Cold Case Initiative and the lack of leadership coming from the FBI. If you will recall, my friends Gwen Dailey and Nina Zachery-Black, relatives of Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, are pretty disgusted with FBI agents and the bureaucracy surrounding […]

FBI Cold Case Initiative offers little comfort for families

Louis Allen, killed in Mississippi So it’s not just me that is unhappy over the Cold Case Initiative and the lack of leadership coming from the FBI. If you will recall, my friends Gwen Dailey and Nina Zachery-Black, relatives of Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, are pretty disgusted with FBI agents and the bureaucracy surrounding […]

Civil Rights Cold Cases: Who Killed Adlena Hamlett? Birdia Keglar? James Keglar?

* * * Birdia Keglar, left, and Adlena Hamlett; both civil rights advocates killed in 1966. Why won’t the FBI put them on a cold case list? Civil rights cold cases are heating up around the country. This includes the state of Minnesota — where the granddaughter of a 1966 victim wants the FBI to […]