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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 […]

Civil Rights Stories: Cleve McDowell

Civil Rights Lawyer Murdered 11 Years Ago; Questions Remain Eleven long years have come and gone since the murder of black criminal lawyer Cleve McDowell, who was shot to death in his Mississippi Delta home. On the morning of March 13, 1997, the naked, lifeless body of Cleve McDowell, 56, was discovered by his youngest […]

Fannie Lou Hamer: New Civil Rights Book Reveals Fear of Murder

Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony [Democratic National Convention, 1964] wasn’t the whole truth. A recent biography of Hamer, “For Freedom’s Sake,” by University of Georgia professor Chana Kai Lee, reveals that she omitted a key fact: She had also been sexually abused by the law enforcement officers. Lee implies that Hamer did not tell the Credentials […]

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Civil Rights Stories: Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer: Her Story too Dangerous to Tell Fannie Lou Hamer’s testimony [Democratic National Convention, 1964] wasn’t the whole truth. A recent biography of Hamer, “For Freedom’s Sake,” by University of Georgia professor Chana Kai Lee, reveals that she omitted a key fact: She had also been sexually abused by the law enforcement officers. […]

Civil Rights Stories: Charles McCain

I ran into a fascinating article about Sen. John McCain — The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article and accompanying video about the McCain families in Carroll County, Mississippi: the descendants of John McCain’s ancestors who still remain in the area where those ancestors owned a cotton plantation (Teoc), and the descendants of the […]

Civil Rights Stories: Jo Etha Collier

A small group of Boston-based law clinic students are trying to uncover new details about a Mississippi high school senior who was killed over thirty-seven years ago on her graduation night. Jo Etha Collier was murdered at approximately 9:45 p.m. on May 25, 1971, shortly after the ceremony ended; she had been talking to friends […]

Civil Rights Stories: Joe Pullen

At left, memorial to civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, who often told the story of Joe Pullen.If we must die, let it not be like hogs: hunted and penned in an accursed spot! If we must die; oh let us nobly die…fighting back. – Claude McKay (1889-1948). Historians now define the period from 1954 […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Story of Joe Pullen

At left, memorial to civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, who often told the story of Joe Pullen.If we must die, let it not be like hogs: hunted and penned in an accursed spot! If we must die; oh let us nobly die…fighting back. – Claude McKay (1889-1948). Historians now define the period from 1954 […]