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Late attorney Doar was trusted advocate for racial equality

JACKSON — U.S. Justice Department attorney John Doar earned respect among Mississippi civil-rights activists in the 1960s as a trusted advocate who was committed to the ideals of racial equality. Doar was 92 when he died of congestive heart failure Nov. 11 in New York. Activists in Mississippi, including Flonzie Brown-Wright of Jackson, believe it’s important to remember his legacy. ...

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Noted civil rights attorney Doar dies at 92

WASHINGTON — John Doar, a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s who fought to protect voting rights in the South, has died at age 92. His son, Burke Doar, says Doar died today in New York of heart failure. Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer from 1960 to 1967, serving for a period as division ...

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Rust College being honored with marker on Freedom Trail

HOLLY SPRINGS — The role of Rust College students during the Civil Rights era will be commemorated with a marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail tomorrow. The unveiling will take place at 4 p.m. on Rust Avenue, across from the main entrance to the Rust College campus. The public is encouraged to attend. The Mississippi Freedom Trail was launched in ...

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African American voters ask for Cochran's help after runoff victory

JACKSON — After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor. Their request? Cochran should lead the charge in the Senate to renew a key section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last year by the ...

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Historic COFO building demolished due to structural problems

MERIDIAN — A building in Meridian that once served as a gathering point for those working to register blacks to vote and planning of civil rights activities in East Mississippi in the 1960s has been torn down. The Meridian Historic Preservation Commission and property owners authorized the demolition because of severe structural problems. It was demolished over the weekend. It ...

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Hattiesburg second Miss. city to recognize equality, dignity of gay residents

With absolutely no discussion, the Hattiesburg City Council has adopted a “inclusivity” resolution recognizing the inherent worth of all its city’s residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Hattiesburg is the second Mississippi city to make such a distinction, following Starkville, which did the same thing earlier in the year. Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights ...

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Judicial realignment means closure of historic courtroom

MERIDIAN — The city of Meridian’s only federal courtroom — the site of historical civil rights cases more than four decades ago — will close under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to President Barack Obama. The courtroom is located on the second floor of the U.S. Post Office building in downtown Meridian. In the courtroom, trials were ...

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Fundraiser underway for film on brothel owner 'Miss Nellie'

NATCHEZ — Three filmmakers in Natchez are launching a fundraising campaign to make a documentary about “Miss Nellie” Jackson, who ran a bordello in the Mississippi River town for decades. The Natchez Democrat reports that Mark Brockway, Lauren Jones and Tim Givens launched the campaign yesterday on the website indiegogo.com. Brockway said the goal is to raise $20,000 for the ...

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Construction of Mississippi museums may be just few weeks away

The State of Mississippi is scheduled to select a general contractor Sept. 26 for phase one of a pair of museums whose construction is projected to run $80 million. The contract award — which could go as high as $40 million — is a prelude to an Oct. 24 groundbreaking for the long-awaited Mississippi Museum of History and the accompanying ...

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