civil rights movement

Remembering Rev. James 'Shackdaddy' Orange

March 3, 2008 - An excerpt of a 1981 Southern Exposure interview with civil rights organizer James Orange, who talks about how he got his nickname, the importance of freedom songs to the movement, and his later work with gangs in Chicago. Orange passed in away in February 2008 at age 65.

Ghosts of Mississippi

May 5, 2005 - The FBI is exhuming Emmett Till's body as part of a reopened 50-year-old murder case, evidently to prove both that the body is really his and to establish how he died. From the Clarion-Ledger:

The Day the Dream was Deferred

April 4, 2005 - On April 4, 1968, a shot rang through a throng of striking garbage workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Who fired the gun is still being debated, but the result is not: Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed at the young age of 39 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.