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Mississippi Reporter Fought Racism; Jerry Mitchell, Wins MacArthur Award

Reporter Jerry Mitchell pauses while talking to students.(Photo from sjsuinauguration.blog at WordPress.) Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter at The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Miss., who focuses on cold-case murders from the civil rights era says he will use money received from the MacArthur Genius award to help write a book on the subject. Mitchell is […]

Emmett Till Grand Jury Members Speak Out

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 […]

Jimmy Lee Jackson Murder; DA Promises Grand Jury

Jimmy Lee Jackson Prosecutor vows to find justice in civil rights killing By Jerry MitchellGannett News Service The shooting death of a Vietnam veteran that sparked the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march in Selma will be the next civil rights-era crime to make it to a jury’s hands, an Alabama prosecutor vowed Friday. Speaking at a […]