Jerry Mitchell always knew the power of the pen but never thought he could rewrite history.
Mitchell, a former investigative reporter at Clarion-Ledger, is responsible for urging officials to reopen long-closed cases of injustices against Blacks.
Mitchell helped convict KKK members responsible for the murder of Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers, the 1963 Birmingham Cathedral bombing, and others.
Mitchell spoke to FGCU students about his journalistic journey to justice on Wednesday.
While working at Jackson, Clarion-Ledger of Mississippi in 1989, Mitchell watched a movie about the 1964 Mississippi fire, where KKK members killed three civil rights workers but were never prosecuted.
“I didn’t know when I started this journey that this case would be reopened much less than other cases would be reopened. It looks like the odds are over 1,000,000 to one,” says Mitchell.
Mitchell says he doesn’t understand how this could have happened.
“It just makes me angry and I think that’s what injustice is going to do to us,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell began digging into Mississippi government and court documents that had been sealed for decades and found a document showing that a branch of the state worked to get the man charged with the murder of Evers. acquitted.
Mitchell wrote a story on it, and it became the catalyst for the state to prosecute the case and send a sentence.
“As a person of faith, I just feel very fortunate that I have been able to play a small part in this and so fortunate and the real real reward in this for me is obviously having a and it is justice done in the end but then seen. Mitchell said.
Students who watched Mitchell speak were inspired.
Demi Concepcion, a senior at FGCU, said: “It is inspiring to see how influential journalism can be and what we, as students, may be one day. .
“The fact that he kept going despite the risks, despite the circumstances, he helped justice prevail and I think that’s really amazing and something I’ll take with me wherever I go in the future. ,” Katie Fogarty, a facility at FGCU.
Mitchell said he interviewed many suspected murderers before they were convicted. He writes about those interviews and more in his book “His Rage with Time.”
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