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Square Books and Lemuria Books Hosts Jerry Mitchell in Conversation with Medgar Evers Daughter, Reena Evers-Everette, on February 2, 2021

Jerry Mitchell in conversation with Reena Evers-Everette – Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm CST on Zoom 

Square Books and Lemuria Books, in partnership with the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and the MS Book Festival, are pleased to present a conversation between journalist and author Jerry Mitchell (Race Against Time) and Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of civil-rights activists Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers-Williams

On June 21, 1964, more than twenty Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings,  in what would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case, were among the most brazen  acts of violence during the civil rights movement. And even though the killers’ identities, including the sheriff’s deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the  months and years that followed. 

It took forty-one years before the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted for the  three innocent lives he took. If there is one man who helped pave the way for justice, it is  investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell. 

In Race Against Time, Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the  reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the  assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church  bombing in Birmingham and the Mississippi Burning case.

Mitchell reveals how he unearthed  secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, building up evidence strong enough to  take on the Klan. He takes us into every harrowing scene along the way, as when Mitchell goes into the lion’s den, meeting one-on-one with the very murderers he is seeking to catch. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder. 

Race Against Time is an astonishing, courageous story capturing a historic race for justice, as the  past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light. This is a landmark book and essential reading for all Americans. 

About the Author: 

Jerry Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi since 1986. A winner of more than 30 national  awards, Mitchell is the founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. The nonprofit is continuing his work of exposing injustices and raising up a new generation of investigative reporters. 

About the Host: 

Reena Evers-Everette is the daughter of civil-rights activists Medgar Evers and Myrlie Evers Williams. Born in Mound Bayou, Miss., Evers-Everette is the executive director of the Medgar  and Myrlie Evers Institute in Jackson, Miss., the same city where he saw her father assassinated  at their home in 1963.

Race Against Time (new in paperback) 
Jerry Mitchell 
ISBN: 9781451645149 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

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