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U.S. Senator James Eastland Tried to Fake Out LBJ Over Lynching of Freedom Summer Volunteers Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney

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Car belonging to Freedom Summer volunteers Mchael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman — all killed in the summer of 1964 while helping register black voters in the state of Mississippi. The Sovereignty Commission is filled with documents on Mississippi Burning — the lynching of three young Freedom Summer volunteers who were killed on this […]

Who Knew What Before Freedom Summer

Months before the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney Mississippi Sovereignty Commission officials were talking about “doing something about the outsiders.” Here’s a fascinating memo sent to the head of the Commission by Vicksburg detective John D. Sullivan who did investigative work for the state-funded spy organization. Interestingly, a year before this […]

48th Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service

For Immediate Release June 7, 2012 John Steele, Chairman anjohnora2003@yahoo.com or (925) 497-9868.                                                                                                                                         The 48th Annual Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Memorial Service, Conference, Caravan and March for Justice June 22, 23, and 24, 2012 Still standing for justice for Civil Rights Martyrs! Compared to the number of […]

Iowa Master Teacher Reviews Freedom Summer Book; Recalls Emmett Till Story

In the non-fiction section, I selected “Freedom Summer,” by Bruce Watson, published in June, 2010. As I scanned the pictorial section, the images brought back memories of that time. I was 13, and through the visual medium of television, I had seen the coverage of the assassination of JFK in November of 1963 and The […]

Federal building to be named after three civil rights heroes: Paul Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner

Unidentified Mississippi woman eulogizes Paul Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. (Photograph by Susan Klopfer. Taken during a ceremony on the courthouse steps of Neshoba County, Mississippi) After countless Mississippi buildings, reservoirs and post offices named after the likes of Sen. James O. Eastland, Gov. Ross Barnett and politician Walter Sillers, there’s finally an effort to […]

Some Civil Rights History …

The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the southern states on January 1, 1863. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Proclamation as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” You can read more about this […]

Mississippi Burning Case Could Reopen; James Chaney’s Body May Be Exhumed

X-rays show two bullets were never removed from James Chaney, says a world-renowned forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden of New York City. “They’re still in his body, and they could be matched to the weapons that did it.” Exhuming the body of this civil rights worker could help identify others involved in the Ku Klux […]

Award-winning filmmaker wants civil rights crimes solved; calls on FBI to re-open Emmett Till cold case and others of civil rights era

Keith Beauchamp speaks to an audience in Philadelphia, Miss., about the 1964 murders of Michael Schwerner, Paul Goodman and James Chaney. Only one man, Edgar Ray “Preacher” Killen, of potentially dozens of suspects, was ever convicted for the crimes. Kelly Peters, reporter for the Daily Orange, writes that when Keith Beauchamp saw the photograph of […]

Filmmaker calls on public, FBI to solve Emmett Till’s murder & other cold cases

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Keith Beauchamp speaks to an audience in Philadelphia, Miss., about the 1964 murders of Michael Schwerner, Paul Goodman and James Chaney. Only one man, Edgar Ray “Preacher” Killen, of potentially dozens of suspects, was ever convicted for the crimes. Kelly Peters, reporter for the Daily Orange, writes that when Keith Beauchamp saw the photograph of […]