Archive | Ku Klux Klan

Tallahatchie County Long Known For Civil Rights Violence; Frequent Klan Encounters

Painting of Birdia Keglar, killed in 1965 when her car was run off the road. Keglar had a long history of civil rights and voting rights advocacy. Her friend, Adlena Hamlett, was also killed in the accident. Hamlett, a teacher, was a voting rights adovcate, too. MARGARET BLOCK REMEMBERS going door to door in rural […]

Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Stuart Wexler and Larry Hancock, authors of an upcoming book, “Seeking Armageddon: The Effort to Kill Martin Luther King Jr.,” are exploring evidence that members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi were involved. “It’s becoming more and more evident they had the motive, the means and the opportunity to assassinate […]

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 […]

Medgar Evers remembered for achievements

KNOWN TODAY more for his struggles for civil rights in Mississippi and his untimely death at the hands of an assassin than for his writings, Medgar Evers nevertheless left behind an impressive record of achievement. Medgar Wiley Evers was born July 2, 1925, near Decatur, Mississippi, and attended school there until he was inducted into […]

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 […]

‘We Could Have Used YouTube in the Civil Rights Movement,’ Says Former SNCC Volunteer

Mississippi civil rights activist Margaret Block watches her computer screen closely as young Florida college student Andrew Meyer is tasered by campus police. “How could anyone say he was resisting? He was holding a book under his arm and he never let go of it, as far as I can tell.” Block turns her attention […]

Sovereignty Records Could Help Solve Cold Cases

Widows of two civil-rights activists slain in the 1960s in 2006 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.” She testified on the 44th […]

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.” […]

Birdia Keglar Memorial Highway; Sign Unveiled

It was a beautiful day in the Mississippi Delta as friends and family of the late Birdia Keglar were present to see a 25 mile stretch of highway dedicated to the voting rights advocate who was killed in 1966. More to come …