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Emmett Till Family Again Demands Prosecution of White Woman for Child’s Lynching

The family of Emmett Till is once again calling for justice, nearly 70 years past young Till’s vicious murder, tied to a cotton-gin fan in the Tallahatchie River.

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EXPLAINER: What's Behind Federal Anti-Lynching Legislation?

President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law the first bill that specifies lynching as a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, which Congress passed on March 7, enables the prosecution of crimes as lynchings if they are done during a hate crime in which the victim is injured or slain.

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Emmett Till Relatives Seek Renewed Probe of '55 Lynching

Relatives of Emmett Till joined with supporters Friday in asking authorities to reverse their decision to close an investigation of his 1955 lynching and instead prosecute a white woman at the center of the case from the very beginning.

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Mississippi County OKs Contracts for Emmett Till Statue

A Mississippi county has approved contracts for a sculptor to make and install a bronze statue of Emmett Till, the Black teenager whose 1955 lynching became a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

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Mississippi Commemorates Wade-Ins That Integrated Beaches

A Mississippi historical marker provides information about the wade-ins of 1959, 1960 and 1963, which led to opening the beaches to all people.

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Interior Secretary Tours Civil Rights Sites in Mississippi

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland toured Mississippi civil rights sites Tuesday, seeing the crumbling rural store that's part of the history of the 1955 lynching of Black teenager Emmett Till and touring the home where state NAACP leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963.

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Jessie Daniels’ ‘Nice White Ladies’ Sparks Discussion About Race, Privilege In Jackson

Louwanda Evans, who said she was one of two Black women on faculty at the private college in downtown Jackson, said her daily encounters with race complicated her reading of the book. “I’m surrounded by ‘nice, white ladies’ all the time,” Evans remarked. “I have a hard time making friends. It’s hard for me to trust white women.”

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'A Way We Resist': Quilts Honor Victims of Racial Violence

A quilting project dedicated to memorializing lives lost to racial violence in the U.S. is open for public viewing on weekdays through Dec. 17 at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center.

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Feds Close Emmett Till Investigation; No New Charges for 1954 Murder, Kidnapping

The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it is ending its investigation into the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, the Black teenager from Chicago who was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi.

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Marvin Hogan, Early Childhood Education Champion, Leaves Legacy of Systemic Progress

Marvin Hogan was instrumental in securing funding for Head Start centers like this one across the state.

Vernon Dahmer Statue Unveiled in Forrest County

During the Civil Rights Era, activist and Forrest County, Miss., NAACP President Vernon Dahmer’s work ...

Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

On November 12, 2014, a hearing was held at the federal courthouse to argue that ...

James Meredith Press Conference

On August 18, James Meredith gave a press conference to announce the creation the Bible ...

Freedom Summer: Activist Photographers

The Mississippi Museum of Art is displaying photographs from the Freedom Summer of 1964 in ...


Dr. Robert P. Moses gave the keynote speech at the Old Capitol celebrating the Mississippi ...

Lumumba's "Celebration of Life"

Hundreds gathered at the Jackson Convention Complex to say goodbye to the late Chowke Lumumba, ...

A Night of Civil Rights

On Monday night, people came to visit local legends of the civil rights movement assembled ...

Civil Rights Museum Groundbreaking

The State-funded Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History broke ground on October ...