Archive | Freedom Riders

Civil Rights and the Changing World

How history was made and how it’s being written Aaron Henry, Mississippi Civil Rights leader from Clarksdale who made a difference Recently I ran into an interesting article on the modern civil rights movement that brought important questions to light. The theme was based on a discussion of longtime social and civil rights activist, educator, […]

50 Years Ago Today in Birmingham, AL Negotiations Begin Ending Jim Crow: Update

Freedom LiftedNews Release Civil Rights Spotlight:  Birmingham, AL Birmingham, Alabama was the site of some the Civil Rights Era’s most iconic and most contentious struggles. In the early 1960s, Birmingham was one of the most segregated cities in the country. Black citizens faced economic exploitation, political repression, and violence. Between 1948 and 1957, there were 48 […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: “Emmett and Me”

Who Killed Emmett Till? It is a fair question to ask, as the 56th anniversary of this murder arrives.* * * * * Recent flooding in the Mississippi Delta* * * * * In 2003, my husband was hired by a private medical group to be the mental health director for inmates in Mississippi’s state-run […]

Freedom Riders Under the Sovereignty Commission Radar

As Mississippi honored the 1961 Freedom Riders on the 50th anniversary of the movement that changed America forever, one among them returning was Thomas Armstrong, the first to join the Rides in his native Mississippi. Armstrong led more than 30 students from Tougaloo College, Jackson State University and local high schools in going to the bus […]

No Good Sense or Patience; the Stuff of Civil Rights Unsung Heroes

Adlena Hamlett, a Mississippi Delta teacher who “didn’t have the good sense to be patient and stay put.” “History may be written by the letter writers, but it’s made by people who didn’t have the good sense to be patient and stay put.”  Was reading a review on Freedom Riders, a film that delves into […]

Friends of Justice Moves into Winona on Murder Case; Former Employee Accused of Multiple Murders

(Photo: Legendary Organizer Fannie Lou Hamer by Charmain Reading) Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi Delta civil rights leader, was frequently the target of social injustice. The town where she was once beaten, Winona, is currently the target of a murder investigation by the Friends of Justice. Friends of Justice launches narrative-based campaigns around unfolding cases […]

Civil Rights Lawyer William Kunstler Liked to Shake Up Mississippi

Attorney Kunstler, Wickipedia Daughters of the late civil rights attorney, William Kunstler, Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, have recently completed a documentary about their father entitled William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe which will have its world premiere screening as part of the Documentary Competition of the upcoming 2009 Sundance Film Festival in January. Mississippi’s Sovereignty […]

Eric Etheridge: Breach of Peace

Breach of Peace is a book about the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, a photo-history told in images old and new. The book features new portraits of 80 Riders and the mug shots of all 328 Riders arrested in Jackson that year, along with excerpts of interviews with the featured Riders. In the spring and summer […]