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Trayvon Martin’s murder and Emmett Till: What Others Say

Have you been wondering how you and your family would be impacted if your son was a “Trayvon Martin” or an “Emmett Till”? I have, and as a mother it scares the hell out of me.  No child at that age is perfect. They get into trouble. They piss people off. They are in the […]

Response to United States Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Decision by Long-Time Civil Rights Activist, Dr. John Salter

The late Aaron Henry, longtime Mississippi Voting  Rights and Civil Rights Activist speaks before a group at the University of Mississippi.(UM Photo) Dr. John Salter, aka Hunter Grey, who is a Civil Rights Veteran and Sociologist, was asked for his opinion on the recent Supremem Court decision over Voting Rights. Here’s his response:* * * […]

Three Mississippi Stories “This Week”

By Alan Bean Three Mississippi stories grabbed my attention this week.  Will Campbell, the white civil rights activist and renegade Baptist preacher from Mississippi, died this week after a long and painful decline. Chockwe Lumumba, the erstwhile Black nationalist attorney, was elected as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.  Finally, Paul Alexander, the former TIME reporter who has written […]

George Zimmerman Waives Rights to Pretrial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Immunity: Why?

Did you catch this news? Zimmerman, sworn in MIAMI — With a softly spoken, “Yes, Your Honor,” George Zimmerman officially waived his right to a pretrial “Stand Your Ground” immunity hearing on Tuesday, choosing instead to lay out his self-defense case before a jury. Reported by The New York Times — What do you think? 

Emmett Till’s Mississippi Delta Hasn’t Changed Much, Reporter Finds

Heart of the Mississippi Delta, near the murder site of Emmett Till. Has it changed much? You decide. “The advice from the front office at East Side High in Cleveland, Mississippi, is clear. Lurk in the corridor with the kids and the school principal, Dr Randy Grierson, is bound to show up shortly.With boisterous laughter, […]

Scholarly Works On Emmett Till (With Links)

Who Killed Emmett Till? 99 cent special at SmashWords! I’ve been doing some more reading lately on Emmett Till, and wanted to share some of the more interesting scholarly articles I’ve run across: [BOOK] A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till SJ Whitfield – 1991 – books.google.com In August 1955, the mutilated body of Emmett […]

Where In The World is Hunter Gray (John Salter)?

A special post by Hunter Gray … 3:45 PM (6 hours ago) Posted widely. I have always believed in hitting issues openly. I posted the following piece, On Being A Militant And Radical Organizer — And An Effective One, almost four months ago.  It’s increasingly obvious that, at the events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the great Jackson Movement, I will be […]

Bob Dylan, King of Folk, and Death of Emmett Till

The King of Folk, Bob Dylan (The Death of Emmett Till) The Death of Emmett Till. — Have you ever wondered what or who inspired Bob Dylan to write his song about Emmett Till? A friend, Jay  Mattsson of Fairfield, Iowa just sent me this post… Apparently Suze Rotolo, his girlfriend, told Dylan about the brutal […]

Ever Hear of the Mississippi Delta Blues?

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Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta Blues Mural (Photo by Susan Klopfer) Ever hear of the Mississippi Delta Blues? I hadn’t, until I moved to the Delta several years ago. This mural appears in the town of Clarksdale today, reminiscent of the town’s early blues and civil rights history. One of my favorite Clarksdale residents was not a […]