Wednesday, August 19, 2009

8/19/2009 @ 9PM C*W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio Special*Susan Klopfer: Blogging For Justice & History For Emmett Till & The Mississippi Delta

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Air Date: Weds. August 19, 2009
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Show's Theme: Susan Klopfer: Blogging For Justice & History For Emmett Till & The Mississippi Delta...
Using 21st Century Technology To Get Justice & Archive History For 20th Century Atrocities In The Mississippi Delta...

Be A Part Of History, Contribute To The Free Blog-book, "Who Killed Emmett Till?"

The murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till took place near the cotton-ginning town of Drew in Sunflower County, just 7 miles from where Fred and I were living (50 years later) on the grounds of Parchman Penitentiary. To observe the 54th anniversary of Till (b. July 25, 1941; d. Aug. 28, 1955), I'm blogging a free blog-book, "Who Killed Emmett Till?"

Will you please help me spread the word (tweets, facebook, linkedIn, email, word of mouth, etc.) as I blog?

Of course, I hope that you enjoy reading this blog-book, too! Besides focusing on Till, it will tell five more stories of civil rights martyrs, three of which I discovered while living in the Delta: Birdia Keglar, Adlena Hamlett and Cleveland McDowell. The stories of Joe Pullen and Jo Etha Collier will also be blogged.

Why is Emmett Till's story important? Historians are now saying Till's murder was a pivotal point leading into the modern civil rights movement.

The free blog-book is located at three addresses on the Internet

Any Comments that you blog will become part of the book. If you have questions or problems in accessing this link, please email me at and I'll be prompt with answers.

Remember, the blog book is entirely free and written in the memory of Emmett Till and other civil rights martyrs. So far, I've posted two entries, the table of contents and prelude. (Remember, blogs read backwards!)

Thanks again,

Susan Klopfer


About Susan Klopfer

Susan Klopfer Susan Klopfer is a Travel Journalist and maintains a blog for traveling retirees, Coming of Retirement Age. She is a Missouri award-winning journalist and worked as an acquisitions and development editor for Prentice Hall.

Susan holds an MBA degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a BA degree in Communication from Hanover College. She is a member of the International Travel Writers & Photographers Alliance (ITWPA) and writes online for,, and Her travel photography can be viewed at My Gallery Place.

She is the author of:

* Where Rebels Roost, Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited

* The Emmett Till Book

* How Branson [Missouri] Got Started

* Abort! Retry! Fail! The Computer Answer Book, a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection

* There's a Book in You

Recently, she lived for two years on the grounds of Mississippi’s historical Parchman
Penitentiary, built at the turn of the century. From this location, in the heart of the Yazoo-
Mississippi Delta, she collected modern-day civil rights stories that are fast dying with the story tellers. Visiting regional archives, libraries and museums, she discovered the Delta's unique history and countless unpublished details regarding the murders of Emmett Till and others. Using her journalistic talents, Susan uncovered the 1966 uninvestigated murders of two older Delta women, Birdia Keglar and Adlena Hamlett, targeted by Ku Klux KIansmen for their activist roles in promoting voter registration in Tallahatchie County and for speaking out on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Susan is currently investigating the murder of a Delta civil rights lawyer, Cleve McDowell, who was killed in 1997; within six months of his death, all of McDowell's investigative papers were burned in a mysterious office fire. McDowell had focused on the murder of young Emmett Till, maintaining a life-long relationship with Till's mother, who also was born in the Delta.

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"Susan Klopfer is determined to tell the truth about Mississippi and about America ... Klopfer
follows the money, showing how the lines of culpability lead into the offices of New York
industrialist Wycliffe Draper, whose Pioneer Fund fueled Mississippi’s fight against the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and provided millions of dollars for the private academies, established to keep white children out of integrated schools after Brown v. Board of Ed. (More recently, the Pioneer Fund financed the research for the controversial book, The Bell Curve, a best selling, racist tract published in 1994.)" - Ben Greenberg, poet, essayist and activist and author of the blog Hungry Blues

"An amazing achievement. By far the most comprehensive guide to Mississippi's unsolved civil rights murders." - Tom Head, Mississippi activist and Guide to Civil Liberties

" ... an absorbing and substantial work that speaks in many provocative ways ..."
- Lois Brown, director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and Liberal Arts, Mount Holyoke College

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