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Fr. Nathaniel and the Greenwood, Mississippi Movement (civil rights)


Interesting reading — Fr. Nathaniel and the Greenwood Movement. Rev. Nathaniel Maciejewski, O.F.M. (St. Francis Mission – Greenwood, MS) Here is a fascinating link to a scholarly paper by PAUL T. MURRAY, professor of sociology at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. This article is part of a larger research project on the involvement of Catholics in the […]

Free online link to Mississippi civil rights history book (with chapter on Emmett Till) given out by author of Where Rebels Roost; Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited

The author of three books on Mississippi Civil Rights, today posted a free link to her largest work, Where Rebels Roost; Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited.“I’ve received numerous calls since the Trayvon Martin incident, from civil rights reporters and others asking me questions that relate to the Emmett Till murder in 1955. Till’s death was critical […]

Could the plight of women ‘back then’ be a sign of things to come? (A review of The Help and more civil rights discourse)

My Mother’s Witness The Peggy Morgan Story Carolyn Haines River City Publishing 2003 Have I read The Help or seen the movie, yet? My mother’s enthusiasm was all over the place when she asked me this question. At 94, she had just seen the movie; a group from the Episcopal Church went together for the […]

The Emmett Till Funeral: An Open Look at American Hatred

The Emmett Till Funeral: An Open Look at American Hatred By Guest Author, Becky Wilcox Mamie Till Bradley, the mother of Emmett Till, weeps during her son’s funeral. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Images) (Editor’s Note: If you are interested in reading more about the murder of Emmett Till, you can receive a special discount on Susan […]

When Mississippi Does it Right — Aaron Henry: A Civil Rights Leader of the 20th Century


Aaron Henry, civil rights leader Kudos to the Mississippi Historical Society for the beautiful piece written on civil rights leader, Aaron Henry (by Constance Curry, who with Aaron Henry wrote The Fire Ever Burning. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2000.) Aaron Henry’s Fourth Street Drug Store, which opened in 1950 in Clarksdale, became a hub […]

Real Civil Rights History Beats Out “The Help” and Hollywood’s Take on Mississippi

Publisher’s Note: Just received this announcement from Hunter Bear, a seasoned Civil Rights Veteran… Hunter Bear, formerly known as John Salter, was THERE when the modern civil rights movement took place in Mississippi. He is a sociologist and the perfect person to write about events that occurred. You will not have a better opportunity to […]

From the Land of Emmett Till: Remembering Robert Keglar, Mississippi Civil Rights Activist

At right, the late Robert Keglar, a true Mississippi civil rights hero. (Photo by Susan Klopfer)(I wrote the following article last year, after hearing that Robert Keglar died. Robert was a true hero of the modern civil rights movement, as was his mother, Birdia Keglar. Both were from the small town of Charleston, Miss., also […]

“Emmett Till was my age, on vacation with relatives in a rural farming town just like Magnolia Springs.” Ester King (1943-2011)

Ester King (handout photo, Houston Chronicle) Ester King, someone most of us have never heard of, but who spent more than four decades on the front lines of protests and progressive organizing in the modern civil rights movement, is dead. As he grew older, found a career, married and had children, the movement of his […]

A Real Civil Rights Veteran Shares Her Review of The Help – The Joyce Ladner Report


No thanks Kathryn Stockett, I don’t want to be “The Help” (Joyce Ladner) “God forbid that a black maid who cooks their food would ever be allowed to use the same toilet the white people use. I guess this explains the fixation segregationists had with toilets…. for in so many public places there were four. […]