Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell speaks on search for justice as part of E/RS lecture series

Investigations have led to conviction of Ku Klux Klan members for four unsolved Civil Rights-era cases | March 10, 2006

Jerry Mitchell, an award-winning journalist, delivered a lecture titled, “Searching for Justice,” as part of the ethics/religion and society series on Sunday, March 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center.

Mitchell is an investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., and has fought for years to uncover the truth regarding Civil Rights crimes that happened in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. His investigation and research led to the conviction of four members of the Ku Klux Klan for four unsolved Civil Rights-era cases.

He is most famous for his help in the trial that convicted Byron de la Beckwith 32 years after he murdered NAACP activist Medgar Evers, a story depicted in the movie "Ghosts of Mississippi." Mitchell is also author of The Preacher and the Klansman, the youngest recipient of the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism and known for his tough-hitting investigations into controversial issues.

The theme for this year’s lecture series is “175 Years of Xavier in Cincinnati: Responding Ethically to the Changing Face of the Community.” Speakers are addressing leadership issues on this topic, and Mitchell’s exploration of justice where it has been forgotten falls in line with Xavier’s mission to promote peace and justice throughout the community. The program format leads to an informal reception after the presentation.