Wilson Minor

Mr. Wilson Minor

A World War II veteran born and raised in Louisiana, Wilson Minor attended Tulane University before working for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, writing a column called “Eyes on Mississippi.” Although Minor, a white southerner, was sympathetic to the Civil Rights Movement, he saw himself as a reporter rather than a crusader. Through his investigative journalism, Minor reported on many landmarks of the Civil Rights era, including the assassination of Medgar Evers and the inequalities of public education for African Americans, publishing that in Mississippi, for every $1 spent on school funding for black children, $4 were spent on white children.  Minor went on to win numerous accolades for his work and was the first recipient of the John Chancellor Award.

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"[The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission operated as] something akin to NKVD (the public and secret police in the Soviet Union during the reign of Joseph Stalin) among the cotton patches. "

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