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Reporter Jerry Mitchell Talks Civil Rights with Historian Hasan Jeffries

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Mitchell's memoir tells story of how Klansmen were brought to justice for four notorious unsolved murder cases of the civil rights era.

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Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell will discuss his courageous story, Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases Of The Civil Rights Era, in conversation with Hasan Jeffries, Ohio State University history professor and civil rights scholar. Columbus Bar Association, King Arts Complex, and Ohio State’s History Department are Gramercy’s partners for this exclusive central Ohio program. Tickets at $15, available here on Eventbrite, will go toward the purchase of Mr. Mitchell’s memoir, which will be available at the event for his signing.

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the civil rights movement. And even though the killers’ identities, including the sheriff’s deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed. It took forty-one years before the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted for the three innocent lives he took.

If there is one man who helped pave the way for justice, it is investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell.

In Race Against Time, Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, building up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. He takes us into every harrowing scene along the way, as when Mitchell goes into the lion’s den, meeting one-on-one with the very murderers he is seeking to catch. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder.

Race Against Time is an astonishing, courageous story capturing a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light. This is a landmark book and essential reading for all Americans.

Jerry Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi since 1986. A winner of more than 30 national awards, Mitchell is the founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. The nonprofit is continuing his work of exposing injustices and raising up a new generation of investigative reporters.

Dr. Hasan Jeffries, who frequently teaches graduate and undergraduate seminars on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement at The Ohio State University, has received several fellowships in support of his research, including a Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He has also regularly shared his expert knowledge of African American history and contemporary black politics with the general public through lectures, teacher workshops, and frequent media appearances.

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