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Review: The Emmett Till Book (eBook) “reads like a thriller.”

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Share| By Max G. Bernard Mar 15, 2010 This is a well-written and fascinating book about a vicious lynching of an African-American teenager from Chicago while visiting Mississippi. His mother insisted on an open coffin for the services so that people could see what was done to her son. The author explains the history, demands […]

Emmett Till — One Day After the Anniverary

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” ― Frederick Douglass Who Killed Emmett Till, by Susan Klopfer Emmett Till was just a kid, a black kid from Chicago who had limited ideas about racial politics or an old man called Jim Crow. Till’s mother had given her son some warning before he went […]

Dr. John Salter is Alive and Well in Idaho! (So Kiss Off, Mississippi!)

Dr. John Salter, Jr., Tougaloo College sociologist and civil rights leader, is harassed at a lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi during an organized sit-in. SINCE STARTING WORK on my new historical fiction novel on the Mississippi Delta and the modern civil rights movement (The Plan” A Novel), I have been sorting through old notes and papers I […]

Poet Cuts Deep With New Work on Emmett Till’s Murder

When she performs, people stop breathing, reports Tina Griego for the Denver Post. “Some start crying. Ashaheed herself may cry. She cuts deep. “My arms will never be wide enough to cover sins like these,” she says in a poem in which she must explain Emmett Till’s murder to her young son. I have never […]

June 22 — 48 Years Pass Since Murders of 3 Mississippi Civil Rights Workers: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner

This June 22…48 years since the Mississippi murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner… Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman   Abandoned car, found in Neshoba County, Mississippi A Tribute … “Perhaps the most notable episode of violence came in Freedom Summer of 1964, when civil rights activists James Chaney, […]

The Emmett Till Funeral: An Open Look at American Hatred

The Emmett Till Funeral: An Open Look at American Hatred By Guest Author, Becky Wilcox Mamie Till Bradley, the mother of Emmett Till, weeps during her son’s funeral. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Images) (Editor’s Note: If you are interested in reading more about the murder of Emmett Till, you can receive a special discount on Susan […]

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 […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: “Emmett and Me”

Who Killed Emmett Till? It is a fair question to ask, as the 56th anniversary of this murder arrives.* * * * * Recent flooding in the Mississippi Delta* * * * * In 2003, my husband was hired by a private medical group to be the mental health director for inmates in Mississippi’s state-run […]

Free Book Trailer, Audio Samples — Who Killed Emmett Till

Newspapers tell the story of Emmett Till. (This image may be subject to copyright). Very soon, we will once again be reliving the story of Emmett Till when the 56th anniversary of his murder takes place in late August. I will be blogging excerpts from various articles I have written over the years about this […]

From the Land of Emmett Till; Juneteenth Delta Tour and Blog StartsThursday, June 16

Juneteenth Tour of the Mississippi Delta; From the Land of Emmett Till Tomorrow morning, June 16th, Friends of Justice will head east to Mississippi for a nine-day civil rights tour. After picking up civil rights legend Margaret Block in the Delta, the group will head east for a two-day memorial of slain civil rights workers […]