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Definitive History Book on Emmett Till Set for August Publication — 60th Anniversary of Till’s Death in Mississippi


Share| (NOTE — Devery Anderson’s fascinating notes on the family and major players involved in the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, and of those involved in the trial of his murderers, appear at the end of The Emmett Till Book, by Susan Klopfer.) Author Devery Anderson: Photo by Emily Hatch Author Devery S. Anderson has announced […]

Civil Rights Author Releases Autopsy of Mississippi Lawyer; Death of Cleve McDowell ‘Still a Mystery’

For Immediate Release Susan Klopfer Civil Rights Author, Speaker Mississippi Civil Rights Author Releases Autopsy of Delta Lawyer Murdered in 1997; Report Found in Sunflower County Courthouse Basement ‘Leaves Open Questions About What Really Happened to Cleve McDowell’ (Gallup, NM) – A controversial autopsy of a civil rights lawyer murdered in 1997 has been […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: new book changes the story, but not the impact


Emmett Till’s mother shows her pain at the Chicago showing of his open casket. “Gathering of Waters” opens in the early 20th century in Oklahoma, with a girl named Doll possessed by the spirit of a dead woman. But after an unsuccessful exorcism and a decision by Doll’s mother to put her up for adoption, […]

What? You haven’t read Howard Zinn? Take a look for yourself and see why he is a favorite author

“Social movements may have many ‘defeats’-failing to achieve objectives in the short run-but in the course of the struggle the strength of the old order begins to erode, the minds of people begin to change; the protesters are momentarily defeated but not crushed, and have been lifted, heartened, by their ability to fight back.” – […]

Miss. provides $152K to restore 1950s service station connected to Emmett Till’s killing; Gallup civil rights author responds

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, MONEY, Miss. — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is providing $152,000 to restore a gas station as part of the story of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago who was lynched for whistling at a white woman in August of 1955. Ben Roy’s Service Station stands […]

Washington Post Reporter Mourns Over Funeral of Slain Black Child in Washington, D.C.

In 1955, after 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped and brutally murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi, Mamie Till Mobley had her son’s casket left open at his memorial service. She did this not just to remind the murderers what they had done; it was to remind the world, to remind a growing, interlocked network of […]

Appeals Court Affirms Conviction Of Reputed Klansman In Civil Rights Era Cold Case In Miss.

James Ford Seale (Daily Mail, UK) A federal appeals court has upheld the 2007 conviction of a reputed Ku Klux Klan member in the kidnapping of two black men who were abducted and killed in rural Mississippi in 1964. In a 2-1 ruling, the panel of judges said the evidence in the case against James […]

Video Trailer on FBI Cold Cases


Excellent video trailer on the cold cases project. Today in the American South, scores of civil rights murders remain unsolved, uninvestigated, unprosecuted, and untold. Those two legacies of violence and silence still haunt the region and continue to damage race relations in the United States. Many histories have been written about the struggle for civil […]

Civil Rights Cold Cases: Who Killed Adlena Hamlett? Birdia Keglar? James Keglar?

* * * Birdia Keglar, left, and Adlena Hamlett; both civil rights advocates killed in 1966. Why won’t the FBI put them on a cold case list? Civil rights cold cases are heating up around the country. This includes the state of Minnesota — where the granddaughter of a 1966 victim wants the FBI to […]

Simeon Wrights Tells His Story: What Happened to Emmett Till: New Civil Rights Book

Saturday, August 20, 1955, Emmett and his cousin, Wheeler Parker, boarded the Illinois Central train to visit Emmett’s great-uncle, Mose Wright, his second cousin, Simeon Wright, his cousins Maurice and Robert Wright, and friends, all of whom he had visited before in the Mississippi Delta, near Money, Mississippi. They arrived in Mississippi on Sunday, August […]