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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

Don’t be afraid to give away books, eBook author says

Just wrote a new book? Give away an earlier book. That’s the advice of Mark Coker (Smashwords) and so many other publishing gurus, including John Kremer, Dan Poynter,and  Joanna Penn. I just put up this link to my first Mississippi civil rights history book, Where Rebels Roost: Mississippi Civil Rights History Revisited. It continues to […]

Story of Stagger Lee Crosses Over to The Mississippi Delta Blues


Stagger Lee Portrait It all went down on December 25th, 1895. Stagger lee Shelton was an African American cab driver and pimp convicted of murdering William “Billy” Lyons on Christmas Eve, 1895 in St. Louis,Missouri. Why is this story so important to the Delta Blues? …Because Good old Stagger Lee had many a song written […]

Join the Revelator – Blind Willie & Son House

Blind Willie Johnson – John the Revelator. From an Anthology of American Folk Music Well, he wasn’t from the Delta but– Blind Willie Johnson was born in 1897 near Brenham, Texas (before the discovery of his death certificate, Temple, Texas had been suggested as his birthplace). When he was five, he told his father he […]

Cleve McDowell — Still a Warm Case?

Cleve McDowell and the Rev. Jesse Jackson — cotton dust flies in the air. Eleven years after the murder of a popular Mississippi lawyer, some still assert the murderers of Cleve McDowell were never caught. This criminal act deserves a cold case investigation — while it still is warm. On the morning of March 13, […]

One Senator Blocks Emmett Till Cold Case Bill

“The idea that one senator can hold up important legislation like this is outrageous,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery. “It is incredible to me that our government can be held up at the whim of one man.” Despite support from the Bush administration, the Justice Department, the House, […]

Emmett Till Marker Disappears in Greenwood, Mississippi

Mississippi officials said the historical roadside marker commemorating the Civil Rights-era death of Emmett Till has disappeared from U.S. 49 near Greenwood. The marker was placed near the highway as a tribute to Till. Here’s more … Also, more photos from the Land of Emmett Till —

Simeon Booker Covered Emmett Till Murder Trial

Simeon Booker not only covered a tumultuous era, he lived it … writes reporter Wil Haygood for the Washington Post In 1962, a European reporter by the name of Paul Guihard had been crossing the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, there to cover the protests against troops guarding James Meredith as he integrated the school. […]