Lawyers’ committee goes on red alert as Trump rolls back civil rights

February 2, 2017 in News

By Lauren Victoria Burke NNPA Newswire Contributor President Donald Trump began his first term by attempting to roll back the civil rights gains that occurred under his predecessor, President Barack […]

Obama: Selma teaches his daughters there are ‘struggles for them to fight’

March 2, 2015 in News

(AP) For President Barack Obama, it’s a week to invoke America’s civil rights struggles from past to present. The nation’s first black president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund […]

Civil rights icon Aaron Henry gets honor on Mississippi Freedom Trail

August 6, 2014 in News

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi (AP) — Civil rights icon and former legislator Aaron Henry will be honored Wednesday with a marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail. The dedication will be 11:30 a.m. […]

Human Rights/Women’s Advocate Succumbs

September 30, 2013 in News, Obituaries, Top Stories

By David Stokes/NNPA
Special To The Mississippi Link

After suffering a massive stroke and its debilitating effects for over a week, Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery, wife of civil rights leader Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, and founder and board chair of SCLC/WOMEN (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now), Inc., died last week in her southwest Atlanta home upon leaving a local hospital after doctors asserted there was nothing more medically that could be done for her…

US civil rights leader Julius Chambers dies at 76

August 16, 2013 in News, Obituaries

Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney whose practice was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, has died, his law firm said. He was 76.

A statement issued by his law firm, Ferguson Chambers & Sumter, said Chambers died Friday, Aug. 2 after months of declining health. A specific cause of death wasn’t given.

“Mr. Chambers was not the first lawyer of color to try to address the issues of equality,” firm partner Geraldine Sumter said. “He would tell you he had people like Buddy Malone of Durham that he looked to, the Kennedys out of Winston-Salem. The thing that Mr. Chambers brought to that struggle was a very focused, determined attitude that things were going to change.”

Myrlie Evers-Williams encourages UM Graduates to ‘Soar and Be Free’

May 13, 2013 in Education, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Evers-Williams, who worked for more than 30 years to seek justice for the 1963 murder of her well-known civil rights activist husband, Medgar Evers, is a former chairwoman of the NAACP and is widely credited with restoring the organization’s reputation and saving it from bankruptcy. Most recently, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, becoming the first woman to deliver a prayer at a presidential inauguration.

“The lifelong work of Dr. Evers-Williams to keep her husband’s memory alive and to progress his dream has been pivotal in the pathway from adoption of laws calling for fairness to the adoption of fairness into our societal expectations and interpersonal relationships,” said Chancellor Dan Jones, who presented the third University of Mississippi Humanitarian Award to the speaker, honoring her and her slain husband’s memory.

Stamp honoring Rosa Parks to be released next month

January 25, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Just in time for Black History Month, a stamp honoring the mother of civil rights, Rosa Parks, will be unveiled on what would have been her 100th birthday – Feb. 4 in Detroit.

Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a bus during the days of segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, spurred a city-wide boycott that lasted about 381 days. Parks stand also introduced a young newcomer, Martin Luther King, Jr., to the fight for civil rights.

Tougaloo College to hold memorial service for Mississippi Civil Rights veteran Lawrence Guyot

November 29, 2012 in News, Top Stories

The Mississippi Link Newswire

A memorial service will be held for Mississippi civil rights veteran Lawrence Guyot Monday, Dec. 10, in the historic Woodworth Chapel on the campus of Tougaloo College. Guyot was a Tougaloo graduate, who died Nov. 23, 2012 in Mount Ranier, Md.

Guyot was a leader in the Mississippi movement and worked alongside luminaries like Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer. He was beaten and jailed for his beliefs and activism but still worked tirelessly and at great personal risk for voter registration of those denied these rights….