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Who Killed Emmett Till? Stories of Six Mississippi Delta Civil Rights Martyrs

Mississippi Delta bayou near outside of Drew, near the barn where Emmett Till was killed in the summer of 1955 (photo by Susan Klopfer) In observance of the 54th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, I will be publishing my new book, Who Killed Emmett Till, on this blog. I will certainly appreciate your […]

Rev. George Lee: Would Barack Obama Know His Story?

The Rev. George Lee, voting rights advocate, murdered in Belzoni, Miss. Some voters who stood in lines to elect this country’s first black president, may have spent some of the long hours remembering stories people who gave their lives for this moment. The story of Rev. George Washington Lee of Belzoni, Miss., would surely be […]

Filmmaker collaborating with FBI on civil rights cases for TV show

(Site of Clinton Melton’s murder in Glendora. Melton was murdered while working at a service station that once stood here.) JACKSON, Miss. — As an African-American teenager in Louisiana, Keith Beauchamp tried interracial dating – behaviour that prompted his parents to tell him the grisly tale of Emmett Till, who was murdered for whistling at […]

Philadelphia Coalition Calls for More Justice

The Philadelphia Coalition—the multi-racial group in Philadelphia, Miss., that called for the prosecution of Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 Klan murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner—want further justice in the case. This weekend they are issuing the following statement, verbatim: Statement of the Philadelphia CoalitionMarch 29, 2008In 2005, a Neshoba County jury found Edgar […]

From the Land of Emmett Till … Another Cold Case Requires Attention

Cleve McDowell, Mississippi lawyer murdered in 1997, with friend Rev. Jesse Jackson. McDowell was campaigning for state office when this photo was taken. Eleven years ago a black criminal lawyer was shot to death in his Mississippi Delta home. On the morning of March 13, 1997, the naked, lifeless body of Cleve McDowell was discovered […]

From the land of Emmett Till …

PETER HARDINTIMES-DISPATCH WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENTreports … WASHINGTON — Widows of two civil-rights activists slain in the 1960s appealed to Congress yesterday to help bring justice in scores of cold murder cases from that era. To do so, Myrlie Evers-Williams said, would aid surviving families and tell the nation “that these people’s lives were not in vain.” […]

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson touts public’s right to know

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson urged members of the Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association to remain vigilant in their efforts to uncover wrongdoing and preserve the public’s right to know in an era of eroding rights. Thompson, who lives in Bolton and represents the state’s 2nd Congressional District, spoke for 20 minutes Saturday on several topics. […]

Emmett Till Highway; good idea for another Delta hero, Birdia Keglar

Some very interesting news from the Mississippi Legislature in recognition of another Delta civil rights hero, Birdia Keglar – “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 […]