Archive | Dr. Martin Luther King

From the Land of Emmett Till: Review of Jackson, Mississippi (John R. Salter, Jr.)

Real History – You Know It When You Read It (Jackson, Mississippi. An American Chronicle of Struggle and Schism. John R. Salter, Jr. First copyright date, 1979. Introduction 2011 by John Hunter Gray. Nonfiction. History of the Jackson, Mississippi modern civil rights movement. Published by the University of Nebraska Press, bisonbooks.com. First published by Exposition […]

New Memphis, Tennessee Museum Archive to Feature Emmett Till Artifacts

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) – A museum featuring the work of a civil rights icon will open early next year, organizers said Thursday. A vast collection of Ernest Withers’ work will soon be displayed at the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery on Beale Street. The Withers archive consists of more than one million images, including everything […]

Civil Rights Author Talks About 55th Anniversary of Emmett Till’s Murder; Spark That Set Off Modern Civil Rights Movement

Susan Klopfer, authorWho Killed Emmett TillAug. 27, 2010 This Saturday is the 55th anniversary of the murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till, an incident that galvanized the modern civil rights movement. Do you know the story of Emmett Till? I am always surprised at how many people don’t know this story or recognize its historical […]

Anniversary of Emmett Till’s Murder; Saturday, Aug. 28

This Saturday is the 55th anniversary of the murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till, an incident that galvanized the modern civil rights movement. (Left, the shed where Till was murdered on Aug. 28, 1955 outside of Drew, Mississippi. Photo by Susan Klopfer.) In observance, the Emmett Till Foundation today kicks off a weekend of observances commemorating […]

Story of the Woman Who Raised Emmett Till; Aug. 28, 55th Anniversary of Till’s Murder

We are coming up on the 55th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till (Aug. 28, 1955). Here is a story about Emmett’s mother that I recently learned: The story goes that during a course Mamie Till-Mobley took at the Chicago Teachers College in 1957, where she was the oldest student in the class, she […]

Eyes on the Prize; Tuesday, on DVD

Sam Block, fifth from the left, was a Mississippi civil rights and voting rights pioneer. Block, one of the first members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced snick) eventually left Mississippi to work in other movements including the Vietnam protest. Block, who was repeatedly beaten and imprisoned as he fought for voting rights […]

Martin Luther King Demanded Strong Stand for Gay and Lesbian Rights

On this date, speaking four days before the 30th anniversary of her husband’s assassination, Coretta Scott King said that the civil rights leader’s memory demanded a strong stand for gay and lesbian rights. “I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should […]

Bruce Davidson Stunned World With Scenes From 1960s Civil Rights Movement

Photojournalist Bruce Davidson’s stunning black-and-white images documented scenes from the 1960s civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr.—from freedom marches and sit-ins to dilapidated schoolhouses and segregated movie theaters. In the video above, listen to Davidson recall the movement, his work and its impact as you view pictures from his 2002 photography book, […]

Land of Emmett Till: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King: Notable Quotes

“King Motel” (Memphis, Tenn.) William Pepper, who represented the King family in the civil trial which found for conspiracy, writes in “Orders to Kill” that “For one bright moment back there in the late 1960s we actually believe that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close and […]

Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files: Dr. King Spied On By State-Hired FBI Agents

Lots of links in the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission files showing the state officials’s hatred of Dr. King. Here’s a poster calling for his murder: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/result.php?image=/data/sov_commission/images/png/cd03/021330.png&otherstuff=2|55|12|41|1|1|1|20869| Memo detailing plan to harm Dr. King: http://mdah.state.ms.us/arrec/digital_archives/sovcom/result.php?image=/data/sov_commission/images/png/cd10/078243.png&otherstuff=99|93|0|15|1|1|1|77228| Mississippi student gets in trouble for hanging up picture of Dr. King (1971). This is interesting, because I received reports that a […]