Archive | civil rights movement

Who Killed Emmett Till? Emmett Till’s Murderers Includes Documents, Photos, Music, Testimonies, Confessions, FBI Reports and More

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Classic news photo of the defense attorneys taken at the trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam for the murder of Emmett Till that took place in Sumner, Mississippi in September of 1955  I RECENTLY ran into this Famous Trials website compiled by the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law (UMKC) that includes a complete “package” […]

Hunter Bear — Maintaining ‘Normally High’ Optimism: Notes From a Street-Smart Activist

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(Editor’s note: Hunter Gray (Hunter Bear, John R. Salter, Jr.) is a well-known and successful civil rights and labor advocate. He is a retired professor who enjoys sharing his stories with those who strive for equality. He recently sent out this note, and has given his permission to share it with others. Be sure to […]

Mamie Till: refusing the coverup of her son’s lynching

By the summer of 1955, Mamie Till was a hard-working single mother of a teenage boy. They lived in Chicago. Mamie often worked long hours and her son, Emmett, tried hard to help with errands and chores around the house. He wanted to spend the end of the summer in Money, Mississippi visiting his cousins. […]

Delta Stories About Emmett Till Kept Appearing, Civil Rights Author Says

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The shed on the Sheridan Plantation, where Emmett Till was brutalized and killed By Susan Klopfer, author Who Killed EmmettTill? JUST SEVERAL MONTHS after the violent murder of Rev. George Washington Lee, a popular Belzoni minister and voting rights advocate, a Boy Scout campfire was burning down to its last embers over in Tallahatchie County […]

Emmett Till FAQ: Questions and Answers Offered by Civil Rights Author Susan Klopfer

Share| What to know about Emmett Till — why he was killed and why we’re still talking about this crime that took place in 1955 … By Susan Klopfer, author The Emmett Till Book, Who Killed Emmett Till, Where Rebels Roost; Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited AS WE COME UPON the 60th anniversary of the lynching […]

The Sumner, Mississippi courthouse We’re coming upon the 59th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till. In observation of this event, I’ve put up the entire audio book of Who Killed Emmett Till? for free download. I invite you to click over and take a look at this blogged book. Lots of fascinating history. Let me know […]

Body of Emmett Till Well Preserved — FBI Agent Says

A further look into Emmett Till caseFeds discuss reopening murder investigation 50 years laterBy ANTHONY RAAP and JENNIFER-LEIGH OPRIHORYMedill News Service Doug Seccombe couldn’t believe his eyes when he peered into 14-year-old Emmett Till’s metal coffin. Fifty years after the black teen’s brutal murder in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman, Till’s remains […]

Why doesn’t Mississippi Recognize Civil Rights Leader, Cleve McDowell?

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What is left of a small downtown Drew, Mississippi church that was started by the Rev. Cleve McDowell, also a Delta lawyer. McDowell, who once worked for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the SCLC, was murdered in 1997 in his home. …This is one of many Mississippi photos that I took when living in […]

Ever Hear of the Mississippi Delta Blues?

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Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta Blues Mural (Photo by Susan Klopfer) Ever hear of the Mississippi Delta Blues? I hadn’t, until I moved to the Delta several years ago. This mural appears in the town of Clarksdale today, reminiscent of the town’s early blues and civil rights history. One of my favorite Clarksdale residents was not a […]