Colonel Jennifer Riley Collins Could Make History in Mississippi’s Attorney General Election on Tuesday November 5

She’s shorter than I remember, strolling in right on time for our interview. We pass pleasantries reflecting on the last time we saw each other. “It was outside the governors mansion right?” “Right”, she said. “It was at the Families Belong Together Rally.” After the scandal of the Trumps family separation policy became public, a group of outraged Mississippians gathered together to protest outside of the governors mansion. Jennifer Riley Collins, then Executive Director of the Mississippi ACLU, was on hand to make sure all rights were protected as Mississippians…

Black in the Day: A Black President Elect

On this day November 4th in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama, an Illinois Democrat, decisively defeated his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, to become the nation’s 44th president and the first African-American to be elected to the White House. Obama, who was 47 at the time, won 365 electoral votes and amassed nearly 53 percent of the popular vote while McCain, 72, won 173 electoral votes and more than 45 percent of the popular vote. Obama had officially announced his presidential candidacy on Feb. 10, 2007, in Springfield, Ill.…

Black in the Day…In the Heart of the KKK

November 4, 1997: On this day Chuck E. Burris became the first Black mayor of Stone Mountain, Georgia. The town of Stone Mountain, Ga., holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the 20th Century revival of the Ku Klux Klan. The Dekalb County town and suburb of Atlanta also made history of another sort, when it elected its first African-American mayor on this day in 1997. The Ku Klux Klan proclaimed its 20th century rebirth on the granite mountain that gives the town its name. For decades white-hooded Klansmen flocked…