Category Archives: Civil Rights

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Murder of Emmett Till: 65 Years Ago

Dr. Deaton looks at one of the most notorious racially-motivated murders of the 20th century, the intense reaction to it, and its impact on launching the modern Civil Rights movement.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Murder of Lemuel Penn

For years in Southern courtrooms, whites accused of violence against blacks were almost always acquitted. It happened again 56 years ago this month in Georgia, but this time with a different ending. Dr. Deaton takes a look back at a pivotal event in the Civil Rights movement–and how the federal government responded under the newly-created Civil Rights Act of 1964.