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As Long as Kennedy is in power — (Mississippi and JFK)

In June of 1963, the University of Mississippi must decide whether or not to block the entrance of a second black student to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). But “so long as the Kennedy’s are in power, situations like this will have to be endured…” notes an investigator for the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission. Did […]

Don’t ever discount the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission

I remember when I first started looking at Sovereignty Commission records. I read a quote, calling the investigators “keystone cops”, back when the records were first made public. Reporters had done a quick look through records of prominent people and most likely, because many records had already been pulled and kept away from public view, […]

Federal Judge to Mississippi: Cease School Segregation

US District Judge Tom Lee has given the Walthall County School District in Mississippi 30 days to amend its student transfer policy and ordered an immediate halt to the alleged “clustering” of white students into certain classes in Tylertown, Miss., elementary schools. “The district shall cease using race in the assignment of students to classrooms […]

What Change Is All About … Watching It Move Into Mississippi

Marching in Grenada, Miss. (Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement) Dear Blog Readers: I get wonderful e-mail from people who are interested in the Emmett Till story and related civil rights history. The best email, of course, comes from those who share their personal history of what it was like to be involved in the […]

Valley Swim Club; Shades of the Old South

“In the little town of Drew, where Emmett Till was killed in 1954, the “public” swimming pool is filled with dirt. That happened in the 1960s when the town council learned they were going to have to integrate their pools.” HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pennsylvania (CNN) — The president of The Valley Swim Club on Friday strongly […]

Eric Etheridge: Breach of Peace

Breach of Peace is a book about the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders, a photo-history told in images old and new. The book features new portraits of 80 Riders and the mug shots of all 328 Riders arrested in Jackson that year, along with excerpts of interviews with the featured Riders. In the spring and summer […]

Emmett Till Grand Jury Members Speak

The Leflore County Courthouse in Greenwood From the Associated Press GREENWOOD — The half-century search for justice in the murder of Emmett Till petered out last February when a Leflore County grand jury declined to indict Carolyn Donham on criminal charges. “There is nobody left to indict,” said Greg Watkins, one of 19 members from […]

Group Travels To Mississippi For Civil Rights Ceremony

Emmett Till Memorial … GREENVILLE, S.C. — A group from the Upstate is traveling to Mississippi for a ceremony where a small town will offer an official apology for the lynching of a black teenager more than 50 years ago. Sumner, Miss., will also unveil a memorial to Emmit [sic] Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago […]

Civil Rights Struggle Recalled by Mississippian

Silver Rights By WES HELBLINGPublished: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 3:27 PM CDT Gloria [Carter] Dickerson was 12 years old when she paused from her back breaking labor in a Mississippi cotton field and questioned whether God had put her on the earth to do better things. Little did she know of the historic role her […]

Earnest Green — First Black to Graduate From Little Rock’s Central High — Spurred by Emmett Till

Aware that he was living in a period of change in the United States, Earnest Green was ready to become part of it. He had heard about the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, about the brutal murder of a young black named Emmett Till, and about black athlete Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in […]