Archive | James Chaney

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 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 […]

Mississippi and Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach; looking for peace in belly of the beast

Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach, dead at 90, an attorney general in the Lyndon Johnson administration who tackled the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam War strategy, Segregation and … (often) Mississippi Susan Klopfer Mississippi civil rights author Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, left, a lawyer who was the Kennedy administration’s resilient representative during confrontations over civil rights and later served under Lyndon […]

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 […]

Killen Sues FBI; Says Rights Violated in Murder Trial of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney

The New York Times reports that Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers, has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mississippi’s attorney general, claiming they conspired to suppress his rights to “defend his society and culture.” Killen, a former saw mill operator and onetime […]

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 […]

Civil-rights era injustices still haunt us

MARY SANCHEZ COMMENTARY Civil-rights era injustices still haunt usBy MARY SANCHEZ Anyone who has ever uttered an apology knows the power of these three words: “I am sorry.” Apologies are the precursors to forgiveness, to healing. They’re necessary to put bitterness behind us and let us move on with our lives. This came to mind […]

Mississippi Cold Cases Need Resolution, Group Demands in Jackson, Miss.

Adlena Hamlett, a retired Mississippi school teacher, was murdered with Birdia Keglar in 1965 THE NAMES ON THE SIGNS — Lamar Smith, Benjamin Brown, Wharlest Jackson, Adlena Hamlett ? were reminders of some of Mississippi’s darkest days during the civil rights movement. About 60 people rallied on the steps of the Capitol with signs in […]

Newspaper Recalls 1964 Mississippi Murders of Civil Rights Workers

Memories of three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi are kept alive as an Alabama sociologist joins a small group demonstrating this past summer in Philadelphia, Miss. Landmark civil rights trial was Hattiesburg American’s top story 40 years agoBy PATRICK MAGEE Editor’s note: The Hattiesburg American, which is celebrating its 110th anniversary as a newspaper, […]

Money to probe cold rights cases advances

PETER HARDINTIMES-DISPATCH WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENTreports … WASHINGTON — Widows of two civil-rights activists slain in the 1960s appealed to Congress yesterday to help bring justice in scores of cold murder cases from that era. To do so, Myrlie Evers-Williams said, would aid surviving families and tell the nation “that these people’s lives were not in vain.” […]