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Plaza named for Mississippi State’s 1st black athletes

STARKVILLE, Miss. — A new plaza at Mississippi State University commemorates the legacy of the school's first African-American student-athletes, Frank Dowsing Jr. and Robert Bell. A university news release says a dedication ceremony was held Thursday for Dowsing-Bell Plaza, on the north side of Davis...

Slain activist’s family sees Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss.  — The family of a man killed in 1966 by the Ku Klux Klan received a private preview Friday of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum that is opening next month. Vernon Dahmer (DAY'-mur) of Hattiesburg was targeted because he...

HUSTLE! HARD!

LENS & LINES by Warren Roseborough, Special to TSDMemphis.com The Memphis Hustle, The Memphis Grizzlies G-League affiliate, kicked off their inaugural game on Saturday Nov. 4, pulling out all the stops! There were face paintings, giveaways, Grizz Girls, The Blue Bunch Dance Team, Grizz, activities for...

Events mark centennial of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi-born civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer is being commemorated Friday on what would have been her 100th birthday. Community gatherings are being held in her hometown of Ruleville, where a larger-than-life statue of her was dedicated...

Teen Thanks Dad With Sweet School Photos Taken 13 Years Apart

A college freshman has given a sweet shout-out to his father on Twitter. Earlier this month, Charles Brockman III posted two undeniably similar photos. The first one was taken in August 2004 and shows his dad, Charles Brockman Jr., walking him to his first day of...

Chokwe Antar Lumumba Ushers in a New Era of Leadership in Jackson, Miss.

By Othor Cain (The Mississippi Link/NNPA Member) Chokwe Antar Lumumba became the youngest mayor in the history of Jackson, Miss., when he was sworn-in last month in front of a standing room-only crowd at Jackson’s Convention Center Complex. Lumumba, 34, defeated the business-friendly incumbent Mayor Tony...

Emmett Till Historical Marker in Mississippi Destroyed By Vandals

Emmett Till Memorial in Money, Miss. (AP Images)A historical marker created in Mississippi to memorialize and educate the public about the 1955 kidnapping and lynching death of 14-year-old Emmett Till was destroyed by vandals who obliterated all visible information about the death that helped...

Ryshonda Harper Beechem becomes first Black mayor of Mississippi town

(Photo: Facebook/Ryshonda Harper Beechem)Mayor-elect Ryshonda Harper Beechem is the first African-American to be elected as mayor of Pelahatchie, Mississippi.“I definitely would like everyone to know that I’m here to work for the residents of Pelahatchie,” she said, speaking about her upcoming term. “I just...

8 Killed in Mississippi Mass Shooting: ‘I Ain’t Fit to Live,’ Says Suspect

Jackson Clarion-Ledger screenshotA 35-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed eight people, including a police deputy that the suspect said “was just there,” on Saturday in rural Mississippi. Willie Cory Godbolt, 35, confessed on video to a reporter from the Jackson...

Black parents sue Mississippi for ‘inequitable’ schools

(Fotolia)The Southern Poverty Law Center filed suit in federal court on Tuesday alleging that the poor performance of black students in Mississippi is the direct result of the state’s failure to live up to the terms of readmission to the Union at the end...