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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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Suspects decline to talk about Meredith statue vandalism

The University of Mississippi Police Department believes it has identified the individuals who recently vandalized a statue of James Meredith on the UM campus, but the suspects are not being cooperative. Three 19-year-old white male freshmen from Georgia were declining through their attorneys late yesterday to be questioned by university police regarding the vandalism Sunday morning of the Meredith statue, ...

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UM alumni put up reward to find Meredith statue vandals

OXFORD — At the request of Chancellor Dan Jones, the university’s Alumni Association has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two individuals involved in an incident on the University of Mississippi campus. The University Police Department (UPD) is looking for two men who were seen early Sunday morning near the James Meredith statue, which commemorates ...

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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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REILY: Ole Miss students chose so, so poorly

As I am sure you have seen by now, a protest at Ole Miss against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into crowd of about 400 people with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media. Two people were arrested on minor charges. Of course the university issued statements denouncing the acts, but, wow, this ...

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MCDILL: Rowdy Rebels unhappy with Obama re-election

While polls in the 2012 presidential election were closing across the country, things were a little rowdy at the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss students gathered in front of the student union chanting the “Hotty Toddy” fight song and according to the AP burning a Barack Obama campaign sign. The president was re-elected to a second White House term after ...

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Thompson’s take an inspiring look back

Wright Thompson makes the point, “What is the cost of knowing our past, and what is the cost of not?” As Mississippians, we probably don’t talk about the past enough. We want to sweep it under the rug and move on, but in the recently aired “Ghosts of Ole Miss,” ESPN’s “30 for 30” series takes a look at race ...

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Documentary focusing on Ole Miss integration to be screened Sept. 30

OXFORD – On Oct. 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student to enroll in the University of Mississippi, amid controversy and violence. The yearlong celebration of that important event began September 2011 and goes through Oct, 1, 2012 for the official “Opening the Closed Society” program. The campus will remember this significant occasion with events that will provide ...

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