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Real Civil Rights History Beats Out “The Help” and Hollywood’s Take on Mississippi

Publisher’s Note: Just received this announcement from Hunter Bear, a seasoned Civil Rights Veteran… Hunter Bear, formerly known as John Salter, was THERE when the modern civil rights movement took place in Mississippi. He is a sociologist and the perfect person to write about events that occurred. You will not have a better opportunity to […]

Juneteenth (June 19) Oldest Celebration Commemorating Ending of Slavery in U.S.

For more information, visithttp://juneteenth.com The celebration known as Juneteenth is enjoying a phenomenal growth rate within communities and organizations throughout the country. Institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum and others have begun sponsoring Juneteenth-centered activities. In recent years, a number of local and national Juneteenth organizations have arisen to take their place […]

Museum of African Diaspora Celebrates Black History Month; Features Emmett Till, Freedom Riders Exhibits

Release: The Museum of the African Diaspora http://www.moadsf.org/ 415.358.7200685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 The Museum of the African Diaspora is uniquely positioned to lead the Bay Area’s recognition of Black History Month this February. It’s doing so with a culturally rich range of events that offer something for everyone — from schoolchildren and families to […]

Feds Go After Arizona For Violating Civil Rights of Non Native English Speakers

By JONATHAN J. COOPER (AP) Two federal investigations have found that Arizona is violating the civil rights of some students who are not native English speakers by denying them access to special programs for English learners. In one case, the U.S. Education and Justice departments concluded that Arizona is inappropriately classifying students as fluent in […]

News Feature | On Becoming a Citizen Journalist; Overcoming Fear to Get Out the Story

Susan Klopfer is the author of Who Killed Emmett Till?, the story of a Chicago youngster whose horrific murder in 1955 was the spark that ignited the modern civil rights movement. Klopfer has written two others books based in the Mississippi Delta, researching and uncovering civil rights murders taking place from the 1950s to the […]

For Jamie Scott, an $11 Robbery in Mississippi May Carry a Death Sentence

On February 25, a small crowd gathered outside the state capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, to push for the release of sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott, who are serving two consecutive life sentences apiece for a 1993 armed robbery in which no one was injured and the take, by most accounts, was about $11. Supporters of […]

Mississippi’s Curtis Flowers — Will He Ever Receive Justice?

Juror James Bibbs was charged with perjury at Curtis Flowers fifth trial. (BBC News photo) You would honesty think the United States of America would be embarrassed over a story like the case of Curtis Flowers. An upcoming trial in Mississippi involving Flowers is so unbelievable, so unimaginable that it at least has the attention […]