Mississippi justice, then and now

February 27, 2020 in News

Special to The Mississippi Link,

The intriguing film, “Mississippi Justice,” created by Dr. Wilma Mosley Clopton, will serve as the backdrop for the panel discussion Mississippi Justice, Then and Now which will focus on how the criminal justice system works in Mississippi. Mississippi Justice, Then and Now, presented by NMHS Unlimited Film Productions, is sponsored by the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and Women for Progress of Mississippi, Inc., with support from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

“Mississippi Justice,” the film, based on actual court records from Pike county, chronicles the trial of Hattie Lee Barnes, a twenty-year-old black female, with a fourth-grade education who shot and killed the young, blue-eyed blond, six-foot son of a prominent family in rural Pike County in 1951. Her public defender was Joe Pigott, the newest and youngest attorney in Pike county. 

Mississippi Justice, Then and Now includes a panel discussion, moderated by Larry Johnson, humanist and philosopher and Wilma E. Mosley Clopton.

The discussion will focus on social justice and its applicability in our current environment.

Panelists include: Municipal Court Judge June Hardwick; Willie Jones, president, Women for Progress of Mississippi, Inc.; County Court Judge District 3 Johnnie McDaniels; Pauline Rogers, co-founder, RECH Foundation; Angela Stewart, archivist, Margaret Walker Center; and former Hinds County Chancery Court Judge Patricia D. Wise.

Join us at the Two Museums, 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201, March 17 at 6 p.m., for this exciting event. It is free and open to the public.