This morning in an op-ed at the Anniston Star, I reported that an apology to Recy Taylor may be forthcoming soon from the city of Abbeville and Henry County, AL.
"Every single unsolved Civil Rights murder that has been opened or reopened and prosecuted or reprosecuted in the last 20 years has been because of a journalist," said Hank Klibanoff, managing editor of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project.
Fox News commentator Glenn Beck mentioned the Frank Morris case and the work done by Concordia Sentinel editor Stanley Nelson on his show Monday.
Local Reporter and Cold Case Project Film Crew Interview Leonard Spencer Following Stanley Nelson's Revelations
After a big breakthrough in the Frank Morris case, Concordia Sentinel editor Stanley Nelson appeared on public radio program The Takeaway. Listen to the interview.
Concordia Sentinel veteran reporter Stanley Nelson talks with The Jim Engster Show about the 1964 murder of Frank Morris and other racially-motivated cold-case crimes in Louisiana.
Download the MP3 audio here (the interview begins at 10:51).
The FBI continues to investigate former Alabama trooper James Bonard Fowler for yet another killing, the Montgomery Advertiser is reporting.
A white former Alabama state trooper has pleaded guilty to killing a black civil rights worker 45 years ago at the height of the civil rights movement. Seventy-seven-year-old James Bonard Fowler was sentenced to six months in prison for the 1965 shooting of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson during a melee in a restaurant in Marion, Alabama. Democracy Now! speaks to John Fleming, the reporter to whom Fowler first confessed and a founder of The Civil Rights Cold Case Project, and Democratic House member John Lewis of Georgia, a leading figure of the civil rights movement.
Former state trooper James Bonard Fowler pleaded guilty today (Monday, Nov. 15) to manslaughter in the 1965 killing of Jimmie Lee Jackson.
Fowler, 77, who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter charges, will serve six months in prison under the plea deal.
Reporter Ben Greenberg talks to the hosts of The Takeaway, a national online news program, about a 2007 federal initiative to investigate and solve "cold case" murders from the civil rights era, and why so few cases are being pursued.
Listen to the program: