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A Death Ruled “Justifiable”
Jul 24, 2023
In 1965 a Louisiana police officer shot and killed a Black man named John Wesley Wilder. It was ruled a justifiable homicide, but the killer is still alive, and new evidence has come to light.
Jun 9, 2021
Un(re)solved is a multiplatform investigation of civil rights cold cases and the federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings.
The Pain Of Police Killings Can Last Decades
Aug 25, 2016
This article was originally published by NPR CodeSwitch. In recent months, the nation has witnessed how questionable police shootings of
A Deep South Cold Case Goes Frigid
Aug 29, 2014
A new law instructed the FBI to investigate more than 100 unsolved murders from the civil rights era. But the government has done shockingly little in the search for justice.
Before ‘Freedom Summer,’ A Wave Of Violence Largely Forgotten
Aug 5, 2014
The KKK exacted violence against countless Black people thought by the terror group to be acting above their station. The shooting of Richard Joe Butler was one such case that was largely forgotten to history.
A Racial Murder the FBI Can’t Seem to Solve
Feb 28, 2014
It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1964 racial murder of Clifton Walker. For his family, closure remains elusive.
Traitor Town: The Unsolved Civil Rights Murder of Clifton Walker
Jul 22, 2012
A short film about the 1964 murder of Clifton Walker outside of Woodville, Miss.
Decades after slaying, Mississippi family seeks justice
Jul 21, 2012
Since 2007, the FBI has rotated at least three different agents onto the murder case. Walker's family says it has seen no indication any of the agents has made it a priority.
A Father’s Life Tugs His Son to Revisit Unsolved Crimes
Sep 14, 2011
"More and more I was looking not just at my father’s story but also at the unfinished business of the civil rights movement."
Seeking ‘peace on this earth’: Detailing the need for Alabama to offer a formal state apology
Mar 20, 2011
This article was originally published by The Anniston Star (web cache). Two local governments in southeast Alabama are expected to issue an
Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape
Mar 16, 2011
She was one of literally uncounted black women who were assaulted without justice in Jim Crow’s South.
The Legacy of a Murder
Mar 2, 2008
Racist killings from the civil rights era still haunt families and the country.
Belated Justice for Civil Rights Era Crimes
Jun 14, 2007
A movement seeking widespread remediation for crimes against blacks and their allies during the civil rights era is finally gaining ground.
Special Katrina Issue (March/April 2006)
Mar 27, 2006
Grassroots perspectives on the Gulf Coast region post-Hurricane Katrina—including rare, in-depth reporting on African Americans in coastal Mississippi.
Voter Disenfranchisement by Attrition
Nov 16, 2005
Hurricane Katrina destroyed half the New Orleans voting precincts and scattered 300,000 of its residents, most of them Black, across the country. Restoring the city’s democratic capability might seem urgent to some, but not to FEMA.