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WaPo obituary hails hero of Emmett Till trial

July 25, 2013

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Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young black man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of […]

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(VIDEO) Myrlie Evers marks 50th anniversary of husband Medgar Evers murder

June 11, 2013

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On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers, his widow Myrlie Evers-Williams talks with the Associated Press about her memories of his death, her missed opportunity to speak at the famous Martin Luther King Jr. March On Washington and her invitation in January to offer the invocation at President Barack […]

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WaPo: At 80, Myrlie Evers-Williams unhaunted by Mississippi ghosts

June 5, 2013

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OXFORD, Mississippi — Myrlie Evers-Williams moves gingerly about the crowd, slowed by her 80-year-old knees. The University of Mississippi chancellor, who has invited her to speak at commencement exercises, takes her hand to lead her down a flight of stairs. Students, black and white, ask to pose for a photo with her as she makes […]

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

November 30, 2011

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JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died today. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went […]

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