Archive | Sam Block

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 […]

Margaret Block Remembers Charleston, Mississippi and Birdia Keglar

Margaret Block and I spent the afternoon with Robert Keglar, the late Birdia Keglar’s son. While the state of Mississippi officially recognizes that civil rights activist Birdia Kelgar was murdered in 1966 and has dedicated a portion of Highway 35 south between Charleston city limits and the Panola county line as “The Birdia Keglar Memorial […]

Remembering Martin Luther King; Sam Block, Voting Rights Pioneer

Sam Block, third from right (tan overcoat), was a modern civil rights movement pioneer who was inspired by Dr. King. On Monday, January 18th, 2010, our nation will commemorate the life and work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Over 40 years ago, Dr. King’s words inspired Rep. John Lewis to join the civil rights […]

Mississippi flooding, continued violence and government failure disrupt the Delta; scientists, theologians, journalists, Communists try to help

Mississippi River at Friars Point, one of Mississippi’s oldest communities. Photo by Susan Klopfer In observance of the 54th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955), I am blogging my new book, Who Killed Emmett Till? Your comments and feedback are appreciated and I hope for the entire […]

Deputy who investigated Emmett Tills death dies

GREENWOOD, Miss. – John Ed Cothran, a former sheriff’s deputy who investigated the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, which galvanized the civil rights movement, has died of heart failure. He was 93. Cothran died Saturday at Grace Health and Rehab in Grenada, according to officials with Wilson & Knight Funeral Home in Greenwood.Continued — Photo […]