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DOJ Report On MISSBURN Case Leaves Out A Crucial Detail: The Name Of The Vicious Mafia Killer Who Broke The Case For J. Edgar Hoover's FBI

Peter Lance | Posted 06.27.2016 | Media
Peter Lance

The incident inspired the film "Mississippi Burning," which wrongly concluded that the case was solved after an African American FBI agent was sent to Mississippi and interrogated a KKK sympathizer.

Book Review: Waveland by Simone Zelitch

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.10.2016 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Since the recent publication of Simone Zelitch's fourth novel, Waveland (The Head and the Hand Press), there have been such a spate of racist and violent events in this country that one could be forgiven for believing we are still somehow mired in the hate and horror of the early 1960's.

Freedom Summer Lunch Soldiers on, Despite Threats from Trolls

EBONY.com | Posted 08.04.2016 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

In January of 1969, the Black Panther Party initiated the groundbreaking Free Breakfast for Children Program in San Francisco. The "Survival Program" flourished and spread nationwide, feeding thousands of hungry children and inspiring school lunch programs across the country.

The Other Rev. King: A Word from Mississippi

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Make no mistake, there truly are ghosts in Mississippi. Most often, they inhabit long forgotten places and toil with hopes that their mortal lives have not been lived in vain. A few years ago, I first traveled to a forgotten place to meet a forgotten man.

Ella Baker, Ferguson, and 'Black Mothers' Sons'

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said: "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

Thanks to Four Bright Rainbows in Our National Clouds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

All were willing to step up to make a difference, to lead when it could be dangerous, and to let their lives be shining examples for others. We should remember them when we face stormy and cloudy weather in our national life and become bright rainbows of hope like them.

A Change Is Gonna Come

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.11.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

Last Saturday in Los Angeles, my friend of 50 years, Harry Belafonte, was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar. And yesterday, while we were savoring this good news, the White House announced that James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schewerner would be posthumous recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Freedom Summer, 2015

The New Yorker | Jeffrey Toobin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices

The Supreme Court’s year usually follows a predictable pattern. The term, as the Justices call it, begins on the first Monday in October, and throug...

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What's Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 11.23.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today's movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of "nonviolent" resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.

This Is No Ordinary Time in American History for the NAACP

Cornell William Brooks | Posted 11.08.2014 | Black Voices
Cornell William Brooks

In this season between anniversaries from Brown v. Board of Education to Freedom Summer to the Civil Rights Act, some pose an unsettling question. They ask if the NAACP is relevant. Though the question is wearisome not worrisome, it must be answered.

Seeing the Humanity of "The Other"

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

We see and hear stories about the first days of school, school shopping, the buying of books, and the concern, hope, and joy, for those in preschool, kindergarten, middle school, high school, and college

'Is This America?': 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

This question of citizenship and political representation is as important today as it was then -- yet the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party is not even mentioned in many major U.S. history textbooks.

Black Life Is Expendable

Michael W. Waters | Posted 10.12.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

The disturbing nature of the frequency of recent news reports in which unarmed Black men have been killed by law enforcement officers is only exceeded by this fact: the act itself is deeply embedded into the racial fabric of our nation.

Make a Difference by Reaching Out

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

Like the Freedom Summer volunteers, each of these AmericCorps fellows chose to "touch the pain" in the lives of those who need legal assistance. That choice and that experience has changed their lives -- and will continue to do so -- in myriad ways.

A Mississippi Freedom Summer Pilgrimage: An Atrocity We Must Never Forget

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We must make sure that our children and all of us know our history and that the atrocities that wiped out the lives of countless individuals who died for freedom and justice during the Civil Rights Movement -- including eight Black men whose bodies were only found as the FBI dredged Mississippi rivers and swamps searching for three other young men -- do not ever happen again. We must all do our part to create a safe and hopeful nation for every child.

Andrew Young's Choice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

After I was arrested with about 90 other Black college students during my senior year at Spelman College in March 1960 for helping organize and participating in student sit-ins at Atlanta's racially segregated restaurants, I wrote in my diary when I returned to Spelman's campus: "SOMETHING WORTH LIVING AND DYING FOR!"

Dancing in the Dark

Mike Lux | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The endless money of our opposition, the Supreme Court battering us at every turn, the nasty extremism of the right wing, and the immense size of the problems we face are all daunting, but we stand on the shoulders of those who faced much worst. We shouldn't forget that.

Creative Resistance: A Study of the Free Southern Theater

Shani Jamila | Posted 09.14.2014 | Arts
Shani Jamila

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the landmark voting rights initiative that took place throughout the state of Mississippi in 1964, it's important to note the key but often overlooked role the arts and culture community played in the social change of that era.

On the 'A' with Souleo: 3 Oral History Projects You Should Know About

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Predating the written word and remaining popular with the advent of digital technology, oral history continues to be an essential component of how we understand the human experience.

The Phenomenal Women of Freedom Summer

The Root | Joyce Ladner | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices

Over a 10-week period, 1964's Freedom Summer brought together nearly 700 student volunteers, local residents and other civil rights activists to work ...

Young People Changing History: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in the United States

Christy Macy | Posted 09.07.2014 | Black Voices
Christy Macy

In 1964, Mississippi was a place of terror, where local white citizens carried out brutal retaliation against blacks who believed they had the right to be first-class citizens. More than 1,000 people were arrested that summer.

Plane Encounters...and Freedom Summers

Mary Dalton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Mary Dalton

I thought about his courage and commitment 50 years ago, the life of service he's lived since then, and I wondered if I would have had the awareness and strength of character to head south for Freedom Summer if I had been old enough in 1964.

Dead Young Men: Mississippi, Israel, Palestine

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, no sufficiently powerful outside energy has made the commitment to bring all its lawful, nonviolent power to bear to achieve a two-state peace. So the violence worsens in a downward spiral of injustice.

Will Mississippi GOP Return Political Favor To Black Voters?

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Karen Hinton

For decades, Mississippi Republicans and Democrats have paid black ministers to appeal to their congregations to vote for their candidates.

1964: A Year of Beginnings

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Today, we celebrate President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but the year 1964 itself deserves its own celebration. It was the year of beginnings not yet finished.