Archive | civil rights movement

Mavis Staples; from the land of Emmett Till

Mavis Staples Mavis Staples has a new CD. The Drew, Miss. (now living in Chicago) throaty singer’s latest CD, “We’ll Never Turn Back,” ….takes “freedom songs” from the days she spent in the thick of the civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s and delivers them with a flinty edge guaranteed to jar anyone […]

Birdia Keglar Memorial Highway??

Some very interesting news from the Mississippi Legislature – “Birdia Keglar Memorial Highway,” a portion of Highway 35 in Tallahatchie County. Keglar, a voting rights advocate, was murdered by Ku Klux Klansmen on her way home to Charleston after meeting with Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Jackson in 1966. More on this story from the […]