Archive | Black History Month

What happened to James Meredith’s roommate—the second black person admitted to “Ole Miss”?

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(This fascinating article is reprinted with permission by the author, Pete Eikenberry. The article appeared in the Federal Bar Council Quarterly, a publication to judges and lawyers practicing in the federal courts in New York, Connecticut and Vermont.S short bio for Mr. Eikenberry appears at the end of the article. The photo of Cleve McDowell and Rev. […]

The Plan “Is About Emmett Till, Too,” Author Says

Share| I just put The Plan up on Amazon (Kindle,, for now — print version comes out next week). It’s a book that starts in New York, but ends up in the Mississippi Delta and then moves into South America. For those interested in the story of Emmett Till, The Plan has much to do […]

WHY I WRITE BOOKS

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Share| _____ Susan Klopfer I write books because they bring history alive. I believe my stories communicate a truth that is necessary for all of us to hear as we pass through life. I often write in the early hours of morning, till my husband peeks into my office and asks why I’m up and […]

Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog (W.C. Handy, Delta Blues)

Delta Blues, Photo by Susan Klopfer I actually found this famous Mississippi Delta Blues spot one day while driving around the Mississippi Delta doing research for my book, Where Rebels Roost; Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited.The story goes that bandleader W. C. Handy was waiting for a train at the Tutwiler railway station around the year […]

Emmett Till CD audiobook available on ebay…

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Link to eBay — CLICK HERE In 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American teenager from Chicago, was brutally murdered by at least two white men while he was visiting relatives in Mississippi. His murder and the subsequent trial of his accused killers became a lightning rod for moral outrage, both at the time and […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Will Hollywood turn an Emmett Till book into a movie?

Why is it important to know the story of Emmett Till? Especially in the North, I have found that still too few people know this history (one civil rights “author” from Santa Fe, New Mexico chided me recently for writing about Till and this event. “You are just trying to drum up publicity,” he said. […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: new book changes the story, but not the impact

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Emmett Till’s mother shows her pain at the Chicago showing of his open casket. “Gathering of Waters” opens in the early 20th century in Oklahoma, with a girl named Doll possessed by the spirit of a dead woman. But after an unsuccessful exorcism and a decision by Doll’s mother to put her up for adoption, […]

TV Series Tries to Revive Civil Rights Cold Cases; Keith Beauchamp, Emmett Till Documentarian, Leads the Charge

Susan Klopfer, authorWho Killed Emmett Till? On Feb. 27, 1967, Wharlest Jackson, a father of five and the treasurer of the Natchez, Miss., branch of the N.A.A.C.P., was killed by a car bomb, making him just one of dozens of victims of racial violence during the civil rights era. To add an element of horror, […]

Black History Month: Emmett Till documentarian, Keith Beauchamp, has more surprises in store

Keith Beauchamp, left, interviewing Johnny Holcomb, a retired state police investigator in Louisiana, in “The Ghosts of Bogalusa” episode of “The Injustice Files.” (Photo, Investigation Discovery) From The New York Times: Better known for crime fare like “I (Almost) Got Away With It” and “Deadly Women,” Investigation Discovery is using Black History Month to turn […]