Archive | Curtis Flowers

From the Land of Emmett Till; Juneteenth Delta Tour and Blog StartsThursday, June 16

Juneteenth Tour of the Mississippi Delta; From the Land of Emmett Till Tomorrow morning, June 16th, Friends of Justice will head east to Mississippi for a nine-day civil rights tour. After picking up civil rights legend Margaret Block in the Delta, the group will head east for a two-day memorial of slain civil rights workers […]

Emmett Till Q and A’s; The Questions People Often Ask about this 1955 Crime That Sparked the Modern Civil Rigths Movement

Whenever I speak about Emmett Till and other Mississippi murders, I get interesting questions from audience members. Here are several … First question, often asked:  Is the Emmett Till story still important? Do people still care? Emmett Till’s murder took place over 54 years ago, back in 1955, and yet we are just beginning to […]

Will U.S. Dept. of Justice Intercede? Curtis Flowers Found Guilty of 4 Murders in Mississippi

Alan Bean, Friends of Justice reports that Curtis Flowers has been found guilty of all four counts of murder. Dr. Bean, a forensic historian, has been covering the trial. Here is part of his most recent report with a link to his blog. Remember that Dr. Bean’s organization can always use donations to help fund […]

Day 9 of the Curtis Flowers Murder Trial; Defense Begins Its Case

Dr. Alan Bean, a forensic historian, is covering the trial of Curtis Flowers in Winona, Mississippi. Flowers, an African American, is on trial for the sixth time on the same murder charges — setting a judicial record. The following comes from Bean, this morning: On Tuesday morning, the Winona perjury parade ground to a halt. […]

Day 8, Curtis Flowers Mississippi Murder Trial; Smoke and Fog…

Dr. Alan Bean, forensic historian, is covering this historical murder trial in Winona, Mississippi. Here is his report on Day Eight: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” The prosecution of Curtis Flowers rests on this bit of folk wisdom. Curtis told investigators he never strayed onto the east side of Highway 51 on the morning in […]

Come to Jesus Time: Curtis Flowers trial, day four; in Winona, Mississippi, Civil rights History Takes Place

Dr. Alan Bean, a forensic historian, covers the ongoing murder trial of Curtis Flowers of Winona, Mississipi. It’s history in the making. Here is Dr. Bean’s report from day four (posted on Dr. Bean’s Friends of Justice website: The record-setting sixth trial of Curtis Flowers will be tried by eleven white jurors and one African-American […]

Spirit of Fannie Lou Hamer Rests With Lone Black Juror in Curtis Flowers’s Trial, Winona, Mississippi

OMG. The record-setting sixth trial of Curtis Flowers will be tried by eleven white jurors and one African-American juror. “It could have been worse,” Dr. Alan Bean blogs from Winona, Mississippi.  “At the conclusion of the jury selection process, only ten black jurors remained standing. The state had fifteen peremptory strikes. Had DA Doug Evans […]

Today’s Winona, Mississippi Blacks Could Draw Strength and Courage From the Late Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer, civil rights activist, was known for her singing, especially during some of the most frightening times in the civil rights movement. Winona, Mississippi is the small town at the edge of the Delta where the trial of Curtis Flowers is taking place this week. This is day two of the historic murder […]

Winona Black Community Fears Jury Duty in Murder Trial of Curtis Flowers; Winona — a Culture of Violence

Dr. Alan Bean, a forensic historian, covers the ongoing murder trial of Curtis Flowers of Winona, Mississipi. It’s history in the making. Here is Dr. Bean’s report from day two (posted on Dr. Bean’s Friends of Justice website: While Winona’s black community runs scared, would-be jurors are running a scam. It started early. District Attorney […]

Fear Stalks a Mississippi Town; Day One, The Trial of Curtis Flowers

Forensic historian Dr. Alan Bean files his first report from Winona, Mississippi where the murder trial of Curtis Flowers has opened: You could feel the fear in the courthouse in the Montgomery County courthouse today. The jury pool had already been cut from 600 to 156 when we arrived for day one of Curtis Flowers’ […]