JUNE 29, 1941

Credit: Library of Congress, Courtesy of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development

Stokely Carmichael, also known as Kwame Ture, was born. Inspired by the sit-ins in the South, he joined the civil rights movement and became a Freedom Rider. Arrested in Jackson,

He became a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, replacing John Lewis, and popularized the term “black power.” The phrase became a movement, and he became known as “honorary prime minister” of the Black Panther Party. He died of prostate cancer in 1998.

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The stories of investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell have helped put four Klansmen and a serial killer behind bars. His stories have also helped free two people from death row, exposed injustices and corruption, prompting investigations and reforms as well as the firings of boards and officials. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a longtime member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, and a winner of more than 30 other national awards, including a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” grant. After working for three decades for the statewide Clarion-Ledger, Mitchell left in 2019 and founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting.