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Rev. George Washington Lee, shot to death in Mississippi; worked for voting rights

Marker honoring Rev. George W. Lee, George Lee Avenue, Belzoni Headstone of Mrs. George Washington Lee, Belzoni, Mississippi From the Land of Emmett Till.. Today is an appropriate time to remember those who died to gain voting rights. For many Belzonians memories of past violence will never be erased despite the city’s  recent “catfish capital” […]

Mississippi Mau Mau; Veterans Return Home From World War II

Mississippi civil rights leader, Aaron Henry. Photo from the University of Mississippi archives. In observance of the 54th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955), I am blogging my new book, Who Killed Emmett Till? Your comments and feedback are appreciated and I had hoped for the entire […]

Rev. George Lee: Sovereignty Commission Investigated the Slain Minister

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 […]

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 […]

Filmmaker collaborating with FBI on civil rights cases for TV show

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 a white woman. The story of Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago who had come to Mississippi to visit his uncle […]

Mississippi Cold Case; Louis Allen

Reward offered in 1964 slaying; efforts to find Louis Allen’s killer increase after solving other cold cases Family members of Louis Allen, a Liberty resident shot to death 43 years ago in what the FBI is investigating as a civil rights-era slaying, are offering $20,000 for information leading to the arrest of his killers. Allen’s […]

The Land of Emmett Till

As the United States demands apologies from Turkey … lest we forget? MANDATING INDIGENOUS HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONDr. June Terpstra ….My students in colleges and universities in the USA typically do not know the history of the indigenous people of North America. They believe a lie told to them in the mandated public education programs that Columbus […]

Till Grand Jury Members Speak Out

(J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant with their wives, taking a break in the 1955 murder trial) The half-century search for justice in the murder of Emmett Till petered out last February when a Leflore County grand jury declined to indict Carolyn Donham on criminal charges. “There is nobody left to indict,” said Greg Watkins, […]

Emmett Till Grand Jury Members Speak

The Leflore County Courthouse in Greenwood From the Associated Press GREENWOOD — The half-century search for justice in the murder of Emmett Till petered out last February when a Leflore County grand jury declined to indict Carolyn Donham on criminal charges. “There is nobody left to indict,” said Greg Watkins, one of 19 members from […]