Monthly Archives: June 2018

Prison Walls v. Love — Review of “Memoirs of a Prison Lawyer/Prison Wife,” by Claudette Spencer-Nurse

Memoirs of a Prison Lawyer/Prison Wife, by Claudette Spencer-Nurse, is a love story.  It is an improbable love story.  It is a love story that has defied the odds.  It is a love story for the ages.  It is a … Continue reading

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On this day in history, June 9, 1963 –Fannie Lou Hamer Arrested and Beaten in Winona, Mississippi

On June 9, 1963, while returning from a voter registration workshop in South Carolina, Fannie Lou Hamer and other civil rights activists were arrested in Winona, Mississippi. Ms. Hamer and the other activists had been traveling in the “white” section … Continue reading

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On this day in history, June 8, 2016 — No Indictment For Police Officer Who Shot Texas College Student

On June 8, 2016, the grand jury voted not to indict Brian Miller, a white police trainee, for shooting and killing Christian Taylor on August 7, 2015. Taylor, a 19-year-old black man, was a student and football player at Angelo … Continue reading

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On this day in history, June 8, 1966 — Former Klansman Indicted for 30-Year-Old Mississippi Murder

On June 8, 2000, Ernest Henry Avants was indicted by a federal grand jury for the 1966 murder of Ben Chester White in Natchez, Mississippi. Avants, James Jones, and Claude Fuller – all believed to be members of the Ku … Continue reading

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On this day in history, June 7, 1920 — Ku Klux Klan Mounts Publicity Campaign to Attract Members

Confederate veterans founded the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee, in 1865. From beneath white hoods, they terrorized freedmen and Republican politicians with threats, beatings, and murder. They strived to undermine Reconstruction and restore racial subordination in the South. Faced … Continue reading

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On this day in history, June 7, 2016 — The Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

On July 6, 2016, 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony police officer, during a traffic stop for a broken taillight in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Castile was shot multiple times from close range. … Continue reading

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On this day in history, June 6, 1966 — James Meredith Shot During March Against Fear in Mississippi

On June 5, 1966, equipped with only a helmet and walking stick, James Meredith began a 220-mile March Against Fear from Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Meredith, an activist who had integrated the University of Mississippi four years earlier, organized the … Continue reading

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