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New Book “Sucks the Romance” Out of the Mississippi River


Not too long ago, this review of a Mississippi River book got my attention: Admit it: At some point in your life you got a little misty-eyed over the Mississippi River. Maybe it was your first trip to its shores, maybe it was a youthful infatuation with Mark Twain. Maybe you just really love floating, […]

‘Seeing Emmett Till’s Face in the Southeast’

In 1955, after 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped and brutally murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi, Mamie Till Mobley had her son’s casket left open at his memorial service. She did this not just to remind the murderers what they had done; it was to remind the world, to remind a growing, interlocked network of […]

From the land of Emmett Till: The Assassination of Medgar Evers; The Jackson Boycott

* * * Mississippi yesterday… History of NAACP state field secretary, Medgar Evers. After working ten years throughout the state for civil and voting rights, aiding Freedom Riders and helping James Meredith enter the University of Mississippi as its first black student, Evers helped organize downtown Jackson boycott and drew anger. Soon after, he was […]

New York Woman Has Vivid Memories Of Mississippi Childhood; Remembers The Day She Heard About Emmett Till

For Senetta Smith, the road to literacy has been long. Ms. Smith, 68, talked to news reporter Clyde Haberman of the New York Times about her hardscrabble childhood in a sharecropper family in rural Mississippi, toiling in the fields from sunup to sundown. “As vivid as yesterday for her is the day in 1955 when […]

Mississippi Man Tells Life Story; Online Historical Fiction Novella

In the early morning hours of last Sunday, I was google-ing around to learn more about Mississippi Mafia connections. And then I ran into an online novella written by Mississippian Jerry Lowerys … It’s hot in Mississippi in July. Sweat was popping up on Clinton Moody’s face as he climbed into his government issued blue […]

Scott Sisters; Not the First Time Mississippi Has Mistreated Ill, Black Prisoners

Clyde Kennard, (Photo from Northeastern University archives Mississippi had a similar, infamous case when it kept a prisoner with cancer working in the fields. He suffered greatly and was finally released just before he died. Clyde Kennard of Hattiesburg was arrested September 15, 1959 for illegal possession of liquor and speeding. This happened shortly after […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Recent Trip to The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta

miss2010 “ Click on the above photo of the old Drew, Miss. jail. When the photo page appears, you can click on “slideshow” to see a presentation of 62 photos. Locations include Drew, Ruleville, Webb, Greenville, Parchman, and Winona. Just returned from a week in the Delta where I shot these photos. Fascinating part of […]

From the Land of Till: Carroll County

While attending a trial at the Carrollton, Mississippi courthouse on March 17, 1886, twenty blacks were killed. An argument several days earlier led to the bloodshed. Susie James, writing for the Greenwood Mississippi Commonwealth, and in a special to the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger explains the massacre:* * *

Medgar Evers Was Targeted By Mississippi Sovereignty Commission; 2010 80th Anniversary of Evers’s Birth

Medgar Evers, Mississippi’s first NAACP leader. 2010 eightieth anniversary of his birth. Blogger Rev. Gerald Britt pays hommage to Medgar Evers, Mississippi’s first NAACP leader who was murdered in the driveway of his home: This year is the 80th anniversary of the birth of Medgar Evers, one of our country’s most significant Civil Rights freedom […]

King Files Could Could be Opened — Sen. John Kerry

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was threatened early on not to come into Mississippi. Here’s an early report:|2|0|4|13|1|1|380|* * * * * From the Clarion Ledger — U.S. Sen. John Kerry plans to introduce legislation next week that would pave the way for the release of thousands of FBI documents on the life and […]