Lottie L. Joiner is the senior editor of The Crisis Magazine. She has written for The Washington Post, USA Today and Essence Magazine

Mississippi Burning

52 years ago today, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner went missing—and the state has finally given up hope that their murderers will be brought to justice.

American Heroes

Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer spoke before the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City—and her speech became one of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement.


Fifty years ago four little girls were tragically killed during a bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Birmingham, Alabama, native Carolyn McKinstry remembers that day.

Fifty years ago this week, thousands of students left their classrooms and marched on downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Their Children’s Crusade changed a nation. Lottie L. Joiner talks with some of the participants.