Monday, February 03, 2014
(This fascinating article is reprinted with permission by the author, Pete Eikenberry. The article appeared in the Federal Bar Council Quarterly, a publication to judges and lawyers practicing in the federal courts in New York, Connecticut and Vermont.S short bio for Mr. Eikenberry appears at the end of the article. The photo of Cleve McDowell and Rev. Jesse Jackson, campaigning in the Delta's cotton dust, was provided by a friend of the late McDowell's. sk)
The Rev. Cleveland McDowell and The Rev. Jesse Jackson wave to supporters during a Delta campaign. The cotton dust flies as Jackson helps McDowell seek state office.
Friday, January 31, 2014
I just put The Plan up on Amazon (Kindle,, for now -- print version comes out next week). It's a book that starts in New York, but ends up in the Mississippi Delta and then moves into South America. For those interested in the story of Emmett Till, The Plan has much to do with this important piece of American history, since it is based on a murdered, gay black lawyer from the Delta who spent much of his life trying to solve this sad crime.
If you visit the Amazon Bookstore right now, you can download the Prologue and a couple of FREE chapters. Or you can take a peek inside. I really encourage you to go there, because I think that you will be intrigued by this story.
It is a very different book than what I've written before (The Emmett Till Book, Who Killed Emmett Till, Where Rebels Roost; Mississippi Civil Rights Revisited).
This new book is fiction -- and I've always written nonfiction books. But I wanted to take this story to a different level, and when you read The Plan, I believe that you will see why I knew this would be important to do.
Please go take a look and then leave me feedback. I always appreciate your reviews, too.
P.S. I also put the Prologue and Chapter 1 up today at SusanKlopfer.com so you can take a look there, as well.
Friday, January 24, 2014
This Day in Black History: Jan. 24, 1956
Friday, January 10, 2014
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Isaac Goldberg took this photo last year of the grocery store in Money, Mississippi where Emmett Till whistled at a white woman. He's graciously given permission to publish it here.
Thanks Isaac! It is a shame the store cannot be preserved. Each time I see photos they show this structure simply disappearing into time. But the story of this 14-year-old Chicago young man who was tortured and murdered doesn't go away.
|The grocery store in the tiny cotton hamlet of Money, Mississippi where 14-year-old |
Emmett Till visited before he was killed.(Photo by Isaac Goldberg)
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Hi: I love sharing my books and have made them two of them available online free. Please enjoy the read (OR THE LISTEN!), and of course I want to hear your questions and comments.
Click on the links below.
SUSAN KLOPFER, AUTHOR
1. WHO KILLED EMMETT TILL?
Audio - Ebooks From Susan - CLICK HERE
2. WHERE REBELS ROOST; MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS REVISITED
Online - (The Middle of the Internet) - CLICK HERE
Jeff Hedquist, recording artist
Sometimes I enjoy listening to books, rather than reading. A few years ago, I decided to turn Who Killed Emmett Till into an audio book Since I was living close to a community where this could be done, I spent a couple of weeks with Jeff Hedquist, a popuar recording atist (he recorded Chicken Soup For The Soul), who read and recorded this audio book for me!
Jeff is a voice actor and musician I appreciated the skillful work that he did on this project, blending riffs from the Delta Blues to lead off many chapters. Well, actually each chapter is a post. I originally wrote this book as a blog and hose to keep it in this format.
So anyway, please enjoy this free audio book. It's a labor of love and a gift from me to you! Then let me know how you found this book. Any questions?
P.S. Here's the lINK to this FREE audio book, Who Killed Emmett Till.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Youngstown State University to Present Honorary Degree and Activity Card to Iconic Black Journalist and Civil Rights Champion
12/04/2013 | 12:48pm US/Eastern
Trailblazing reporter Simeon Booker, an award-winning black journalist whose coverage of the Mississippi murder of Emmett Till in 1955 is credited with galvanizing the civil rights movement, receives an honorary Doctor of Letters degree on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Fall Commencement ceremonies of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.
Journalist Simeon Booker honored at Youngstown State University
"We are honored to have Mr. Booker return to Youngstown and Youngstown State and to be recognized for the important role he played on the front lines of the civil rights movement in this country," YSU President Randy J. Dunn said.
Booker, who moved to Youngstown at the age of seven, enrolled in Youngstown College (later renamed Youngstown State University) in 1938, but withdrew after learning that black students at the school were not allowed activity cards. As part of his visit to Youngstown, Booker will be presented with a symbolic YSU activity card at a community dinner and reception Saturday, Dec. 14, on campus.
Booker, long considered the "dean" of black journalists, was the first black staff reporter at The Washington Post and worked for more than 50 years as Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for Jet andEbony magazines. He covered murders, marches, sit-ins and freedom rides and twice followed black troops to Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Newspaper Guild Award, a Willkie Award and the Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University. This past January, Booker was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Black Journalists. His book, Shocking the Conscience, was published this year by University Press of Mississippi.
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive urban research university that offers nearly 13,500 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. Located on a 145-acre campus in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. For more information, visit www.ysu.edu.
Youngstown State University
Ron Cole, Public Information Officer, 330-506-0014 (cell)