Archive | civil rights cold cases

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 […]

Murder of Emmett Till, 1955, Still Has Effect on 68-Year-Old Man; Member ‘Little Rock Nine’

Terrence Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of black students who broke racial barriers during the tense desegregation of an Arkansas high school, shared this and other stories Friday night at the Plaza Resort and Spa. He spoke at the Volusia County-Daytona Beach Branch NAACP’s 37th annual Freedom Fund and Awards Banquet. […]

Bob Dylan to Release Ninth Volume Bootleg Series; The Death of Emmett Till, Included

Rolling StoneBy Daniel KrepsAug 24, 2010 9:48 AM EDT Bob Dylan will release the ninth volume of his Bootleg Series on October 19th, he has announced, confirming recent rumors. This edition will be the first official collection of the Witmark Demos, 47 songs that Dylan recorded between 1962 and 1964 for his first two publishers, […]

Civil Rights Author Talks About 55th Anniversary of Emmett Till’s Murder; Spark That Set Off Modern Civil Rights Movement

Susan Klopfer, authorWho Killed Emmett TillAug. 27, 2010 This Saturday is the 55th anniversary of the murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till, an incident that galvanized the modern civil rights movement. Do you know the story of Emmett Till? I am always surprised at how many people don’t know this story or recognize its historical […]

Alvin Sykes, Long-Time Emmett Till Investigator, Pushes Kansas City Police to Open Cold Case of Black Political Leader

The decision to re-open what has become Kansas City’s Coldest Case comes after civil rights advocate Alvin Sykes has been pushing Kansas City police and the FBI to work together in reinvestigating the murder of black political leader Leon Jordan. Sykes is probably best known for persuading federal and Mississippi officials to reopen one of the nation’s most […]

One Year Later, Future of Burr Oak Cemetery Uncertain; Site of Emmett Till’s Grave

I was actually surprised to see a story on Emmett Till and Burr Oak Cemetery carried by the Las Vegas Sun. First of all, Nevada is not a very civil rights conscious state. And it is so far away from Chicago. But the story of Burr Oak Cemetery gathered quite a bit of news last […]

Sixth Trial for Curtis Flowers, Mississippi African American, Opens June 7 in Winona; Prosecutors ‘Set a Record’

Friends of JusticeExecutive Director, Dr. Alan Beanemail: abean@friendsofjustice.netcell: 817.688.6765office: 817.457.0025Mailing Adress: 3415 Ainsworth Court, Arlington, Texas 76016 The case against Curtis Flowers [Winona, Mississippi] started with a bloody footprint. It took just over a week to link the print pattern to a Grant Hill Fila running shoe. Then a policeman remembered seeing a Fila shoe […]

Fear of Death Still Lingers in the Mississippi Delta; Emmett Till Relative Confirms

(Photo from the public domain; used with permission of Keith Beauchamp.) Nearly 55 years after Emmett Till was killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman in the small town of Money, Miss., one of his relatives still worries that her brother might suffer violence for being a black man married to a white woman. […]

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, […]