Archive | civil rights

Indictment in Jimmie Lee Jackson slaying

MARION, Ala. – A 73-year-old retired state trooper was indicted Wednesday in the 1965 shooting death of a black man — a killing that set in motion the historic civil rights protests in Selma and led to passage of the Voting Rights Act. District Attorney Michael Jackson said a grand jury returned an indictment in […]

Mississippi Governor blocked documents, FBI says

From CBC News Documents obtained by CBC News show that the Mississippi governor at the time of the 1964 race killings of two African-American teenagers censored a news release related to the case and kept photos of their remains from the media at the height of the civil rights movement. Paul B. Johnson Jr., who […]

U.S. governor censored news release, photos in civil rights cold case

From CBC News Documents obtained by CBC News show that the Mississippi governor at the time of the 1964 race killings of two African-American teenagers censored a news release related to the case and kept photos of their remains from the media at the height of the civil rights movement. Paul B. Johnson Jr., who […]

June Johnson, Mississippi civil rights hero, dies

One more civil rights hero has died … June Johnson Miss. civil rights activist June E. Johnson diesBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSAssociated Press Writer In June 1963, on the way back from a voter registration workshop in South Carolina, June Johnson, then 15, was arrested at a Winona, Miss., bus station along with civil rights activist […]

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 […]

Remember the names Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner? Killen?

A new documentary helps fill in the mystery of why anyone would believe that justice has reigned with respect to the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anna Morshedi, Programming CoordinatorThe Butler Center for Arkansas StudiesCentral Arkansas Library System Tel: 501.918.3049, Email: amorshedi@cals.org Why Only Killen?A documentary that reopens the question […]

Keglar, Hamlett; Mississippi civil rights murders draw interest

“Lest we forget …” Adlena Hamlett Birdia Keglar At last — there is finally some interest building in the murders of Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, both killed in 1966 in the Delta, outside of Greenwood. Quite possible, now, the FBI will take on this closed case. Let’s hope. Here’s a story from the London […]

Emmett Till Bill Reintroduced

A bill that could reopen thousands of civil rights-era crimes was reintroduced Thursday, Feb. 8, in Congress where it died last year when the Missouri Republican who introduced it lost his re-election bid. Three Democrats and a Republican took up the bill that would establish a cold-case Justice Department unit to investigate unsolved civil rights […]