MitchellJerry Mitchell and the Cold Case Project 
April 18, 2013
Government presents
Jerry Mitchell lecture on Civil Rights cold cases.  

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hulsey Recital Hall
Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. His work so far has helped put four Klansmen behind bars: Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers; Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers, for ordering the fatal firebombing of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer in 1966; Bobby Cherry, for the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four girls; and Edgar Ray Killen, for helping organize the June 21, 1964, killings of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Schwerner (popularized by the 1988 fictional movie about that case, Mississippi Burning).

A Pulitzer Prize finalist, he has received dozens of national awards for his work, most recently a MacArthur “genius grant.” He was portrayed in the 1996 Rob Reiner movie, Ghosts of Mississippi, and has appeared on many television shows, most recently The Colbert Report.

Many of his stories can be found on a new Web site created by Gannett and Footnote called Civil Rights in America: Connections to a Movement. That Web site includes Interview a Hero, a project that encourages young people and others to conduct video interviews of those who played a role in the civil rights movement, no matter how small.

Mitchell continues to work on unpunished slayings from the civil rights era, including the Mississippi Burning killings. (Four suspects are still alive in the case.) He is a member of The Civil Rights Cold Case Project, a group of top reporters, filmmakers, family members and others working to help solve these cases.

He is also writing a memoir on his experiences in pursuing these cases for the publisher Simon & Schuster. The book is titled Race Against Time.