civil rights

Mississippi politico, civil rights figure Charles Evers dies

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Charles Evers, the older brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and a longtime figure in Mississippi politics, has died in Mississippi. He was 97. A coroner says Evers…

Biloxi Beach Wade-In Memorial

It’s been 60 years since the Biloxi Wade-Ins when unarmed African American protesters suffered while taking a stand to desegregate the beaches. The Biloxi beaches are known as a place to lay in the sun and relax. In the 1960s,…

Memorial service in honor of Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins

It’s been 60 years since the Biloxi Wade-Ins when unarmed African American protestors suffered while taking a stand to desegregate the beaches. To honor those like Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Sr. and Clemon P. Jimerson Sr., a memorial service will…

Soul of the Coast

As Black History Month wraps up, we present to you our fourth and final installment of ‘Soul of the Coast.’ This week, News 25’s Victoria Bailey spends time with a Gulfport native, making waves on the Coast with her many…

Soul of the Coast: Biloxi Beach Wade-Ins

As Black History Month marches on we continue to honor the struggles, sacrifices, and achievements African-Americans nationwide made to ensure equal rights for all. Here on the Coast we continue to shine a light on those who have made a…

Concerns mount for inmate civil rights

The families of some of the inmates in Mississippi prisons continue to demand answers from the federal government about civil right violations and living conditions for inmates. Yesterday, demonstrators rallied for prisoner rights outside the state capitol in Jackson. Concerns…

Biloxi Beach Wade-in Remembrance Tribute

Sixty years ago, the Biloxi Beach Wade-in was led by Dr. Gilbert R. Mason. It was an act of civil disobedience that marked the beginning of the opening of Gulf Coast beaches to all in 1972. News 25’s Victoria Bailey…

Biloxi Beach Wade-In Remembrance Program

Sixty years ago, a wade-in took place in Biloxi that played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement. On Tuesday, May 14th, the Biloxi Branch of the NAACP will remember and honor those who fought for change. The first…

Remembering Bloody Sunday

The community is remembering the African-American protesters who took a stand against segregation 59 years ago. That protest turned violent and became forever known as ‘Bloody Sunday.’ Here on the beautiful Mississippi coast, visiting the beach is for everyone, but…

Historic marker unveiled during Wade-In Ceremony

Today marks 58 years since the historic beach wade-in protest that led to integration on Mississippi’s public beaches. A memorial ceremony was held in Biloxi today where the Civil Rights movement changed history. There was a time when not everyone…

Mississippi remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

Today marks 50 years since Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee.  News 25’s Jaylon Morris spoke with local leaders along the Gulf Coast who recall that day 50 years ago. Most people can’t…

Remembering the Biloxi Wade-Ins

The Biloxi Beach Wade-ins are described as one of South Mississippi’s most significant, historical Civil Rights events. News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us inside a remembrance ceremony in Biloxi that honored the men, women, and children who helped pave the…

Wade in remembrance ceremony

The City of Biloxi is remembering the men, women, and children who stood up for civil rights on Biloxi Beach. News 25’s Kendra Turley joins us from the start of a wade-in remembrance ceremony at the Frank Gruich Community Center…

Vernon Dahmer Memorial Exhibit

In 1966, the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan firebombed the Dahmer family’s home in the Kelly settlement a few miles north of Hattiesburg. The story of Civil Rights leader Vernon Dahmer Sr. has a display exhibit set up…

Department of Justice Starts New Division in South Mississippi

The head of the U.S. justice department’s civil rights division says there’s more work to be done to guarantee the rights of citizens both in Mississippi and nationwide. The head of the division, Vanita Gupta, spoke at a conference in…

Closer on Eye on Civil Rights Violations

The Department of Justice will soon be keeping a closer eye on civil rights violations here in South Mississippi. Today, Head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division Vanita Gupta announced a new civil rights section for the southern…

The Roll Call: Biloxi Wade-In Memorial

The Biloxi Beach wade-ins are described as one of South Mississippi’s most significant Civil Rights events. News 25’s Kendra Turley takes us inside a ceremony in Biloxi dedicated to the brave individuals who fought for equality along the Gulf shore.…

The Roll Call: Biloxi Wade-In Memorial

A memorial ceremony is taking place in Biloxi to pay tribute to survivors of the Biloxi Beach wade-in Civil Rights protests. News 25’s Kendra Turley joins us from the Gruich Community Center with an inside look.