FBI photographs of slain civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Schwerner
Despite the passing of years, a number of the most infamous crimes of the civil rights movement—the killing of four young girls in the Birmingham church bombing, the KKK mob murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, the gunning down of civil rights leader Medgar Evers in front of his small children, and the torture and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till—have been reopened with renewed vigor and prosecuted with impressive results.
It took 30 years, but the murderer of Medgar Evers was finally brought to justice. And a full four decades passed before the courts were able to convict all living perpetrators of the Birmingham bombing. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, about 22 murder cases have been reopened in the South since 1989, resulting in 25 arrests and 16 convictions.
Read more: Civil Rights Cases Reopened: Medgar Evers, Birmingham Church, Emmet Till | Infoplease.com
On January 29, 2009, with the new law's namesake Lilly Ledbetter there to witness, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- legislation to fight pay discrimination and ensure fundamental fairness to American workers.
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Lecture and exhibition opening
Professor Daniel Kiel of the U of M Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will discuss his research and the creative process behind his documentary, The Memphis 13. The lecture will mark the opening of the exhibition, "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: How Far Have We Come?" on view in McWherter Library until June 15, 2014. Free and open to the public. Click here for more information on the lecture.
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