Archive | Civil Rights Crime Act

Rev. George Washington Lee, shot to death in Mississippi; worked for voting rights

Marker honoring Rev. George W. Lee, George Lee Avenue, Belzoni Headstone of Mrs. George Washington Lee, Belzoni, Mississippi From the Land of Emmett Till.. Today is an appropriate time to remember those who died to gain voting rights. For many Belzonians memories of past violence will never be erased despite the city’s  recent “catfish capital” […]

Emmett Till Links

So much is now being written about the murder of young Emmett Till back in 1955 in the Mississippi Delta. Here are some interesting and popular links. http://blogs.clarionledger.com/jmitchell/_____ Who Killed Emmett Till? .99 cents eBook (U.S.#). All formats. CLICK HERE_____ Emmett Till Memorial Commission of Tallahatchie County, Mississippi “The Murder and the Movement,” 1985 video […]

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act Becomes Law

Lake outside of Drew, Miss. where over the years bodies of black women were dumped. Lore is that female Klan members murdered the women, believing they had slept with their husbands.* * * A five-year quest to get the government to pay attention to half-century-old, unsolved murders from the civil rights era has finally paid […]

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act; Sykes wants to meet with U.S. AG Eric Holder to set Act in motion; needs financial support

Alvin Sykes, seeks justice for Emmett Till Mary SanchezThe Kansas City Star So you might think that Alvin Sykes is a desperate man these days. He knows that each passing day is another lost in his nearly decade-long crusade to solve civil rights era murders. He’s already done what few could fathom, helping persuade federal […]

Obama Set to Implement Till Bill

Jerry Mitchell • jmitchell@clarionledger.com • December 1, 2008 The Obama administration will be the first to implement the newly passed Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act, which creates a cold-cases unit inside the Justice Department to gather information for possible prosecution of unpunished killers from the civil-rights era. Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden […]

From the NAACP (2008/10/8) … NAACP-Supported ‘Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act’ Signed into Law by President Bush Bill provides new resources and authority to create two new offices at the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute unsolved racially motivated murders from the early civil rights era The Issue:Last night President Bush […]

After 3 Years Delay, Senate Passes Emmett Till Crime Act

Sumner, Miss., site of the trial of Emmett Till’s murderers. The Tallahatchie County Courthouse appears in the distance.Emmett Till,from Chicago,was visiting his uncle in the small cotton town of Money when he was murdered. The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, named for him, passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, Sept. 24. by Ronni MottOctober […]

FBI’s civil rights initiative: no trials yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flanked by officials from the NAACP and the Southern Poverty Law Center, FBI Director Robert Mueller last year announced with considerable fanfare a new partnership between his agency and civil rights organizations. The goal: To bring justice in long-ignored murders from the civil rights era. The outcome: Not one case has been […]

Senator announces he will cease block of Till legislation

The lone senator standing in the way of creating a Justice Department cold-cases unit to pursue unpunished killings from the civil rights era no longer plans to block the bill, his office said Thursday. Despite support from the Bush administration, the Department of Justice and the House of Representatives, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., had put […]

CSI Mississippi: Group Calls For Removal of Steven Hayne’s Medical License

* * * * *–Performed Cleve McDowell’s Autopsy: Where were the bullets? McDowell, a Mississippi civil rights leader, was murdered in 1997. The well-liked lawyer,left, was a friend of Rev. Jesse Jackson and once worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Questions still surround McDowell’s untimely murder and the state’s autopsey.* * * * * […]