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U.S. Senator James Eastland Tried to Fake Out LBJ Over Lynching of Freedom Summer Volunteers Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney


Car belonging to Freedom Summer volunteers Mchael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman — all killed in the summer of 1964 while helping register black voters in the state of Mississippi. The Sovereignty Commission is filled with documents on Mississippi Burning — the lynching of three young Freedom Summer volunteers who were killed on this […]

U,.S. Senator James Eastland Tried to Fake Out LBJ Over The Murders of Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney

U.S. Senator James O. Eastland (1904 – 1986) From Chapter 18 of The Plan — A Historical Fiction Novel about Two Murdered Black, Gay Lawyers And A White Detective , All Killed Because They Knew Too Much About The Assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.*****“In the summer of 1964, three […]

Mississippi and Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach; looking for peace in belly of the beast

Mr. Nicholas Katzenbach, dead at 90, an attorney general in the Lyndon Johnson administration who tackled the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam War strategy, Segregation and … (often) Mississippi Susan Klopfer Mississippi civil rights author Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, left, a lawyer who was the Kennedy administration’s resilient representative during confrontations over civil rights and later served under Lyndon […]

Land of Emmett Till: Still No Civil Rights Museum in Mississippi

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (front left) walked in the funeral procession for Medgar Evers in June 1963. Evers was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Jackson, Miss. (File/Associated Press) JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi bred some of the worst violence of the civil rights era, yet nearly a half-century after […]

Iowa Master Teacher Reviews Freedom Summer Book; Recalls Emmett Till Story

In the non-fiction section, I selected “Freedom Summer,” by Bruce Watson, published in June, 2010. As I scanned the pictorial section, the images brought back memories of that time. I was 13, and through the visual medium of television, I had seen the coverage of the assassination of JFK in November of 1963 and The […]

Federal building to be named after three civil rights heroes: Paul Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner

Unidentified Mississippi woman eulogizes Paul Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. (Photograph by Susan Klopfer. Taken during a ceremony on the courthouse steps of Neshoba County, Mississippi) After countless Mississippi buildings, reservoirs and post offices named after the likes of Sen. James O. Eastland, Gov. Ross Barnett and politician Walter Sillers, there’s finally an effort to […]

Killen Sues FBI; Says Rights Violated in Murder Trial of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney

The New York Times reports that Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers, has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mississippi’s attorney general, claiming they conspired to suppress his rights to “defend his society and culture.” Killen, a former saw mill operator and onetime […]

Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act Becomes Law

Lake outside of Drew, Miss. where over the years bodies of black women were dumped. Lore is that female Klan members murdered the women, believing they had slept with their husbands.* * * A five-year quest to get the government to pay attention to half-century-old, unsolved murders from the civil rights era has finally paid […]

Mississippi Burning Case Could Reopen; James Chaney’s Body May Be Exhumed

X-rays show two bullets were never removed from James Chaney, says a world-renowned forensic pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden of New York City. “They’re still in his body, and they could be matched to the weapons that did it.” Exhuming the body of this civil rights worker could help identify others involved in the Ku Klux […]

‘Why Only Killen?’ Bullets Still Left in Body of James Chaney Could Help Determine Who Else Was Involved in His Murder

Civil rights activist and author, Nan Woodruff, holds a protest sign near the Philadelphia, Miss. courthouse calling for re-examination of the murders of three civil rights workers that took place during Freedom Summer, back in 1964. Woodruff and others have been asking for several years why only one man, Edgar Ray Killen, was ever tried […]