1. Movie: “Ghosts of Mississippi” (1996)
This movie focuses on the 1994 trial of the white supremacist and racist, Byron De La Beckwith. In 1963, Beckwith was accused of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi. Byron De La Beckwith was tried twice before and both trials resulted in hung juries. The evidence against Beckwith was very convincing but the all-white jurors hearing his case acquitted him both times. For over 25 years of trying to seek justice, Myrlie, Medgar Evers widow finally realizes that she may be able to help bring Beckwith to trial for the murder of her husband. Although, most of the evidence gathered against Beckwith from the old trial somehow managed to disappear, but assistant District Attorney, Bobby DeLaughter, puts together enough new evidence to bring Beckwith to trial once more and to bring the much needed justice for the shooting of Medgar Evers. 30 years later, in 1994, after the thirdtime of bringing Byron De La Beckwith to trial, he was finally found guilty of murdering activist and leader Medgar Evers and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
2. Website: TheNational Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to have a society where everyone is equal and where there is no racism or discrimination. The NAACP website has so much information on the history of racism and segregation and the events that helped bring for integration and equality for all. One example of the many major events is fellow NAACP member Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on a segregated bus. They list many different ways that people are able to help, whether it be donating to their cause, becoming a member, or just staying informed. One of there main goals is to show the public the horrible effect that racism can have on everyone and they one day hope to seek the elimination of racism, discrimination and prejudice, not only against African Americans, but everyone else as well.
3. Book: “The Secret Life of Bees”
Kidd, Sue Monk. 2003. Penguin Publishing.
This book takes place in South Carolina in 1964. The main character Lily Owens has gone through a lot in her life; one of the biggest and most saddening times for her was the loss and killing of her mother. Lily is white girl living in a town that is very racist and violent towards black people. Lily was nurtured and for the most part, raised by Rosaleen, they are very close to each other despite the fact that Rosaleen is Lily’s Maid and happens to be a person of color. Lily’s father is abusive towards his daughter and because of his raging temper, Lily and even Rosaleen were afraid that one day he would end up hurting Lily far worse than before. One day Rosaleen manages to insult three of the worst racists in town and gets beaten and thrown in jail. Since Lily cares very much for Rosaleen, she decides to break her out of jail and escape town with her as well as escaping her abusive father. They both wind up in Tiburon, South Carolina and stay with three black sisters who bee keep. Lily soon finds out that this town she wound up in is a part of her mothers past and desperately wants to stay there. She helps with the integration of the school she attends, makes a lot of new friends and learns a lot about life. Everything she has learned and experienced with the sisters and Rosaleen will ultimately help her stand up for herself in front of her abusive father and makes her life better for doing so.