Edgar Ray Killen, ‘Mississippi Burning’ Klansman convicted of 1964 civil-rights deaths, won’t confess

December 23, 2014 in News, The Buzz

PARCHMAN, Mississippi — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. […]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Edgar Killen appeal in ‘Mississippi burning’ slayings of civil rights workers

November 5, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Edgar Ray Killen, convicted of manslaughter in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights […]

Miss. in 2014 to remember Freedom Summer of 1964

August 5, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Mississippi civil-rights activists are preparing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer in 2014. Some say race relations might’ve improved, but people must remain vigilant to protect voting rights.

“The struggle to make democracy work still continues,” Frank Figgers, vice chairman of the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Inc., said Friday at Tougaloo College in Jackson.

In 1964, thousands of people descended on Mississippi to help with voter registration and to provide education programs for black residents who had been systematically denied full rights as citizens. The work was dangerous.

Olen Burrage, suspect in 1964 Klan slayings, dies

March 21, 2013 in Obituaries

Olen Burrage, who was acquitted in the case of three civil rights workers killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in Mississippi in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.

Burrage died Friday March 8 at a hospital, the McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel said. The funeral home did not release a cause of death.

Burrage owned land in Neshoba County in central Mississippi where the three civil rights workers were buried under an earthen dam after members of the white supremacist KKK killed them in 1964. He said he knew nothing about the killings and was acquitted of conspiracy in 1967.

Former governor receives FBI community leadership award

December 26, 2012 in News, Statewide News

Former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter has been awarded the 2012 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI in Mississippi, presented the award to Governor Winter during the Jackson Field Office All-Employee Conference on Dec. 7.

Since 1990, the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) has been a principal means by which the FBI has publicly recognized the achievements of individuals and organizations who have worked diligently to prevent crime, drug and gang violence, and to promote education in their community. Each of the FBI’s field offices selects one individual or organization each year to receive this award.

Ex-inmate sues reputed Klansman, lawyer

June 21, 2012 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

JACKSON – (AP) A black former prisoner filed a lawsuit Monday that claims he was slandered and defamed by reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen and Killen’s wife and […]

Award-winning producer headlines civil rights conference

June 18, 2012 in Education, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

By Monica Land PHILADELPHIA, Ms. – Award-winning producer Joan Sadoff, of “Standing on My Sister’s Shoulders” is the first to admit that she didn’t march during the civil rights movement. […]