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A purple Emmett Till River SIte sign, riddled with bullets, behind plexiglass with a plaque beneath it
MFP Voices

They Said Emmett Till’s Name to Me. Now, I Say it for Myself.

I was 15 years old the first time someone said Emmett Till’s name to me, and I’d hear it countless times over the ensuing years. I say his name now for myself, proving my English professors’ belief that Emmett Till’s blood cries out to us from the pen of Mississippians. I say it even though the governor and half the Legislature might say that it’s proof of the nefarious “critical race theory” infiltrating Mississippi schools.

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Ashley Haywood in front of the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center in Glendora, Mississippi
Culture

No More Silence: ‘Great Migration Baby’ Publishes Her Answer to the ‘Green Book’ for Black Travelers

Victor Hugo Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book” was the guidebook for African American roadtrippers during the Jim Crow era. The guide offered services and places that were friendly to African Americans, while also highlighting the dangers of travel with threats such as whites-only sundown towns. Author and journalist Deborah Douglas has published a new kind of civil-rights guide.

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