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Serve the Warrant: Black Mississippi Leaders Must Demand Justice for The Murder of Emmett Till 

Members of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation found an unserved 1955 warrant in the Leflore County Courthouse on June 21, 2022, for the arrest of suspects in the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till. Leflore County native Dr. Emmitt Y. Riley III calls for accountability from District Attorney DeWayne Richardson and other Black political leaders, demanding them to “open a new investigation and finally move toward justice for Emmett Till.”

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First Black Secretary of State Fights For Lineage-Based Language In California’s Reparations Bill

Shirley Weber, the first Black woman to be elected as secretary of state in California, is currently arguing against the state’s recently formed reparations task force’s qualifications for eligibility. Like Sec. Weber, Leo Carney believes reparations should be lineage-based and exclusively reserved for descendants of chattel slavery across the nation.

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News

‘Blackest Bus in America’: New Generation of Freedom Riders Start Journey in Jackson, Miss.

Sixty years after the original Freedom Riders rolled into Jackson, Miss., after a treacherous bus journey down from Washington, D.C., a new generation of activists chose to start a new ride for equal rights and freedom at Tougaloo College on June 19, 2021, which was the first time in American history that Juneteenth had been celebrated as a federal holiday.

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Former Governor: Mr. Watson Tips Hand When He Disparages ‘Woke’ Voters and Students

Recently, Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson said that the United States would suffer if more “woke” and “uninformed” college students are registered to vote under President Biden’s executive order on voting which, Watson claimed, included “automatic voter registration.” There are so many wrong things about this statement, it’s hard to know where to start, former Mississippi Gov. and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus writes.

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Crisis Reporting: Covering a Systemic Water Failure and a Blame Game In Our Home State

Pipes froze and burst all over the city starting Feb. 15. We got hit with another set of freezing temps on Feb. 17. The crisis escalated quickly. Most of Jackson either lost water pressure or had no water at all for days. The City issued a boil-water notice on Feb. 18. That notice lasted until March 10. Jackson had no drinkable water for 24 days. Read that again. The capital city in a first-world country had no drinking water for 24 days.  

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Culture

‘Taller Mountains Still’: Cora Norman, 94, Leaves Legacy of Service, Dialogue, Inclusion

Diversity in the boardroom was not enough for Dr. Cora Norman, and she began convening statewide panels and forums to promote the humanities and what the study of the field could do for race relations in the state. This encouraged the state’s humanities scholars to give their academic work real-life application by connecting small-town Mississippians to professors and other civil-rights advocates.

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