Forty-one years is a long time to wait for justice, but a helping of it was served in a Philadelphia courtroom last week.
The conviction of Edgar Ray Killen for his role in one of the most notorious crimes of the Civil Rights era closes the chapter on the killings in Neshoba County. However, it is but one more step in the process of learning to live and work side by side.
It has been inspiring to watch Philadelphia’s business, community, religious, education and political leaders come together and play an active part in changing minds about our state.
As we deal with our dark history, Mississippi’s reputation is improving, and we are much closer to realizing the tremendous potential of this wonderful place — together.