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Erasing Laura

Race Issues | Our forebears, despite their sins, have much to teach us if we’ll listen
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/19/18, 02:18 pm

Almost 150 years ago, a young couple loaded a covered wagon with their few belongings and two small daughters and traveled from their home in Wisconsin to a promised land in Kansas. Coming to a stretch of rolling prairie near a creek, the father’s practiced eye sized it up and declared to his wife, “Well Caroline, here’s the place we’ve been looking for. Might as well camp.” As the little girls bedded down in the wagon that night, they felt the stillness of “stars shining down on a great, flat land where no one lived.”

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Feds reopen Emmett Till case

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/12/18, 11:06 am

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal murder in Mississippi became a catalyst for the civil rights movement. The Justice Department told Congress in a report it is reinvestigating Till’s killing after receiving new information. A 2017 book, The Blood of Emmett Till, revealed that a key witness admitted to lying about what happened before the slaying.

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Protesters rallied for a second day in East Pittsburgh, Pa., Thursday evening to call for justice following the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager. Police shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. as he ran away from a traffic stop earlier this week. Civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Rose’s family, said he couldn’t see any justification for shooting the teen, who didn’t appear to pose any threat.

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