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Mississippi Civil Rights Sites Vie to Become National Park

It is hard to choose which site of civil-rights trauma in Mississippi should be a national park, but the effort is under way and controversial, even among some family members ...

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OPINION: Immigration and the First Amendment

My late friend Marty Fishgold, a longtime labor writer in New York City, liked to say that "good journalism is a subversive activity" because it tells truth to power.

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Tougaloo Grants Honorary Degree to Alumnus Who Leads NAACP

Tougaloo College is granting honorary degrees to the national president of NAACP, a civil rights activist and an astrophysicist.

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Entergy Funding 2 Museums Admission for 95 People Every Day in May

Entergy Mississippi Inc. is celebrating its 95th anniversary with a company donation of $25,000 to the pair of museums that will make admission free for the first 95 attendees every ...

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Private Prison on Trial: Inmates at ‘Bleak’ Facility Tell Harrowing Stories

Merlin Hill was one of 19 inmates who testified during the five-week class-action trial against the Mississippi Department of Corrections for what they describe as appalling conditions at the privately ...

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Lawsuit: Inmates Have the Right to Free, Secular Books in Prison

Big House Books, a nonprofit that sends free books by request to inmates, filed a lawsuit against the South Mississippi Correctional Institution this week because inmates there cannot receive books ...

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OPINION: Racists Can Change After All

By the time I got to middle school, I'd come to terms with the world we live in. I was aware that people weren't always welcoming and that racists ruled ...

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Disenfranchised for Life? No Changes, Yet

Stanley Barnes of Claiborne County was convicted of murder in 1990 and received a life sentence, but was paroled in 2000. He is still on unsupervised parole. Sen. Albert Butler, ...

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Ed King

Vicksburg native Ed King is one of the founders of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and was a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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Bernie Sanders, Mayor Lumumba Have Campaign-Like Chat on MLK Anniversary

Cries of "Bernie 2020!" accented the conversation between U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba at a town hall on economic justice 50 years to the night since ...

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 ...

STAND UP!

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 ...

Without Apology: JWHO Rally

On Saturday, dozens of supporters of Mississippi's only abortion clinic were outside to show support ...