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Use Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files to Write Your Own Fiction or Nonfiction Books, Author Susan Klopfer Says


Adlena Hamlett: You will find her files in the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission data base. Family members once loaned me this photograph of her for my book, Who Killed Emmett Till? and I’ve always appreciated their assistance. sk Have you ever wanted to write your own book? This link to files on the story of Horace […]

Two Harlan County, Kentucky, Men Indicted for Federal Hate Crime Against Individual Because of Sexual Orientation; Update on DOJ and Trayvon Martin — Zimmerman

Released by the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division Thurs., April 12, 2012 Indictment Marks the First Case Charged Under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Involving Sexual Orientation Two Harlan County, Ky., men were indicted today for their roles in kidnapping and assaulting a gay man because of […]

Civil Rights & Social Justice News: Real Civil Rights History Beats Out “The Help” and Hollywood’s Take on Mississippi

Civil Rights & Social Justice News: Real Civil Rights History Beats Out “The Help” and Hollywood’s Take on Mississippi A true script of what really went on in Mississippi during the modern civil rights era would show, for instance, that professor and social justice advocate John Salter was heavily spied on by the Mississippi Sovereignty […]

Mississippi Family of a Hate Crime Victim Promotes Forgiveness; time to talk about race, diversity, capital punishment and what social scientists are telling us

For Immediate ReleaseSusan Klopferhttp://susanklopfer.comSept. 15, 2011+ + + + + June in Mississippi was a time to kill…for a white racist teen who tracked down a black man and took his life. To the perpetrator, the crime made perfect sense. It was an act of hate that he seems destined to perform. This past week, […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Remembering Robert Keglar, Mississippi Civil Rights Activist

At right, the late Robert Keglar, a true Mississippi civil rights hero. (Photo by Susan Klopfer)(I wrote the following article last year, after hearing that Robert Keglar died. Robert was a true hero of the modern civil rights movement, as was his mother, Birdia Keglar. Both were from the small town of Charleston, Miss., also […]

October 19, 2010 — Diversity, Civil Rights Briefs

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Scranton, Pa., has convicted Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak, both of Shenandoah, Pa., of a hate crime arising out of the fatal beating of Luis Ramirez. The jury found the defendants guilty of violating the criminal component of the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it a crime to […]

LGBT Social Justice News: Suspects charged in NYC attack of Gays

USA Today reporters Oren Dorell and Haya El Nasser report that eight teenage and adult males were arraigned Sunday on a range of charges including sexual assault, robbery, intimidation and hate crimes. Two were held in lieu of $100,000 bond, and the others were held without bond. Police said a ninth member of the Latin […]

Get Ready for Mix It Up at Lunch Day! Says Southern Poverty Law Center – (Great, Diversity Program For Schools)

Just got this email from the Southern Poverty Law Center, SPLC. Plan now to participate in Mix It Up at Lunch Day, the national event that breaks down social barriers in schools. This year, Mix It Up is on Nov. 9. Teachers will be able to register their schools on the Mix It Up map […]

Southern Poverty Law Center Offers Free Community Guide For Fighting Hate Crimes

In recent years, the FBI has reported between 7,000 and 8,000 hate crime incidents per year in the United States, according to figures from the Southern Poverty Law Center. But law enforcement officials acknowledge that hate crimes — similar to rape and family violence crimes — go under-reported, with many victims reluctant to go to […]

Senate Approves Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act; Shepard Today’s Emmett Till; Act Links Blacks, LGBT

Matthew Shepard of Wyoming, a young man who was killed because he was gay. In the same year in Texas, a black man was dragged behind a truck and killed. Both crimes helped support passage of the Hate Crimes Act. Despite ongoing opposition by religious right conservatives, the U.S. Senate has approved the Matthew Shepard […]