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Civil Rights Cold Cases Explored

When: 4/6/2010
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The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi presents a panel discussion on “Civil Rights Cold Cases” at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Overby Center. Mississippi pioneered investigations that led to convictions — decades later — of Klansmen guilty of murders in the civil rights era. Still, there is work to be done. These "cold cases" will be the subject of a special program featuring Susan Glisson, executive director of UM's William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; Rita Schwerner Bender and Bill Bender, visiting Winter scholars at Ole Miss who have made a study of "Restorative Justice;" Jerry Mitchell, prize-winning reporter for The Clarion-Ledger whose stories succeeded in reopening many of the most notorious cases; and Leroy Clemons, chair of the Philadelphia Coalition, a group instrumentalin bringing about the prosecution of Edgar Killen in connection with the Neshoba County murders in 1964. The event is free and the public is invited. A reception will be held following the program.

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