Archive | Mississippi Sovereignty Commission

Who was Otto F. Otepka and Why Did Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Keep a File?

Beginning in 1957, Otto F. Otepka served as Deputy Director of the State Department Office of Security. This meant that Otepka was in charge of granting security clearances for all State Department personnel. A cadre of people worked under his supervision. From this position of considerable responsibility, Otepka was plunged into a nightmare universe of […]

Who Knew What Before Freedom Summer

Months before the murders of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney Mississippi Sovereignty Commission officials were talking about “doing something about the outsiders.” Here’s a fascinating memo sent to the head of the Commission by Vicksburg detective John D. Sullivan who did investigative work for the state-funded spy organization. Interestingly, a year before this […]

View across the bogue near Drew, Mississippi; free eBook Sample — Who Killed Emmett Till?


This small bogue is just outside of Drew, Mississippi near the place where 14-year-old Emmett Till was beaten and murdered before his body was dumped into the Tallahatchie River. I once lived near this site and spent many long days talking to people of the Mississippi Delta who remembered when this even took place back […]

Civil Rights & Social Justice News: Real Civil Rights History Beats Out “The Help” and Hollywood’s Take on Mississippi

Civil Rights & Social Justice News: Real Civil Rights History Beats Out “The Help” and Hollywood’s Take on Mississippi A true script of what really went on in Mississippi during the modern civil rights era would show, for instance, that professor and social justice advocate John Salter was heavily spied on by the Mississippi Sovereignty […]

Remembering Emmett Till; looking through some Sovereignty Commission ‘tidbits’, getting a feel for the times

Note: I wrote this post last year as the 56th anniversary of young Emmett Till’s murder approached, and included some links to Sovereignty Commission files related to his death. In light of Trayvon Martin’s murder, I thought that some readers might be interested in more history about Emmett Till. If you don’t know about the […]

Freedom Riders Under the Sovereignty Commission Radar

As Mississippi honored the 1961 Freedom Riders on the 50th anniversary of the movement that changed America forever, one among them returning was Thomas Armstrong, the first to join the Rides in his native Mississippi. Armstrong led more than 30 students from Tougaloo College, Jackson State University and local high schools in going to the bus […]

Haley Barbour’s Yazoo City Also Home To Mississippi’s Most Prominent Lawyer, John Satterfield, Nationally Known Segregationist and Twice President of American Bar Association

John Satterfield Also Prominent in Citizens Councils Legal Wizardry By Susan Klopfer If Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has some explaining to do over Mississippi’s racist past, one of Barbour’s fellow Yazoo City Rotarians, John Satterfield, would also have the same problem – except that he’s dead, so maybe the American Bar Association could enlighten us. The assassination […]

Haley Barbour Forgets His Citizens Councils History; Sovereignty Commission Files Help Restore Memories

Guess old Haley Barbour has totally forgotten about the relationship of the Citizens Councils to the … Sovereignty Commission… to the… state police…to the… state public officials, etc. Take a look at these files I found on the Sovereignty Commission site. All clearly show that everyone was working closely with Citizens Councils to keep Blacks “in […]

General Information on Using Mississippi Sovereignty Commission Files

General Information on the Mississippi Sovereignty Files can be found here To conduct a search, go to this link