civil rights

Mississippi's corrections department says Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92.

The part-time preacher and lumber mill operator was 80 when a Neshoba County jury convicted him in 2005 of three counts of manslaughter.  

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Family members of Emmett Till are pushing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to push for enforcement of a law that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.

The meeting between Sessions and members of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and the Emmett Till Justice Campaign happened Tuesday.

Deborah Watts is Till's cousin and co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation. She says Sessions was receptive to working on pushing for enforcement, and they hope to get an advisory panel named to choose cases prosecutors should go after.