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Trayvon Martin’s murder and Emmett Till: What Others Say

Have you been wondering how you and your family would be impacted if your son was a “Trayvon Martin” or an “Emmett Till”? I have, and as a mother it scares the hell out of me.  No child at that age is perfect. They get into trouble. They piss people off. They are in the […]

Zimmerman Attorney Tries Old Strategy; Blame The Victim (Trayvon Martin)

Attorney tries desperate attempt to sway jury: Trayvon Martin was a “bad kid”. Will this new materials about Trayvon Martin turn a potential jury pool against the victim? If the state tries this case in the way they should, noe of this should be relevant. sk

The Latest on Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman Trial

George Zimmerman, looking serious in court UPDATE: I am understanding that George Zimmerman, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, is challenging the expected use of a voice-recognition expert at his upcoming murder trial. Apparently, Trayvon’s family claims that a voice heard on 911 […]

George Zimmerman Waives Rights to Pretrial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Immunity: Why?

Did you catch this news? Zimmerman, sworn in MIAMI — With a softly spoken, “Yes, Your Honor,” George Zimmerman officially waived his right to a pretrial “Stand Your Ground” immunity hearing on Tuesday, choosing instead to lay out his self-defense case before a jury. Reported by The New York Times — What do you think? 

The Modern Civil Rights Movement in America (It Just Keeps Rollin’ Along)

The late Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, Miss. was known for her soul-filled  singing and civil rights activism. Only several weeks ago, the nation was talking about the murder of Emmett Till, an event that is some 50-plus years postmortem. Why so? While late last August was the 56th anniversary of Till’s brutal death in 1955, […]

Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till — Both Murder Trials of the Century

Watching the bond hearing of George Zimmerman this morning, reminded meof  living in the Mississippi Delta and learning about Emmett Till and other stories from the early civil rights era. One day, we were driving around Sumner and met a women who was actually present at the Milam-Bryant murder trial of Emmett Till back in the fall […]

Mississippi police did a better job with arrests following Emmett Till’s murder than Florida officers, following killing of Trayvon Martin

I am not going to say that Mississippi police and national law enforcement officers did a bang-up job following up on the murder of Emmett Till, but… Back in 1955 when Emmett Till was kidnapped and lynched, local police acted quickly, the FBI came into Mississippi fast at the request of the Jackson NAACP coordinator, […]

How Was Emmett Till’s Murder Different Than the Killing of Trayvon Martin? Back in 1955, Police and FBI Acted Fast…

(Note: I wrote this soon after Trayvon Martin was killed. I believe it is worth repeating today. Susan) Young Emmett Till Why do we still talk about the murder of Emmett Till, some 50-plus years postmortem? I blogged on this topic last August upon the 56th anniversary of Till’s brutal death back in 1955. Now […]

More Calls For Justice in Trayvon Martin Case; NOW Takes a Stand

Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116 NOW Calls for Justice in Trayvon Martin Case: Fire the Chief,Arrest the Shooter, and Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ LawsStatement of NOW President Terry O’Neill March 23, 2012 The National Organization for Women is shocked and saddened by the tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the African-American teenager shot and killed […]

“I could seriously tell you off” — A discussion of parental fear and Trayvon Martin’s Murder in Florida

AS PUBLISHER of this social justice blog, and as a civil rights author and speaker, I want to share several of my impressions with readers about the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida. I lived in Mississippi for several years, where I wrote about numerous murders in the Delta. Because of this experience, I am particularly […]