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Annual Martha Rubin Conversation on Racial Equity | Putting the Klan Behind Bars: An Evening with Jerry Mitchell


In case after case, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell has taken on the Ku Klux Klan.

Investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell, author of the new book Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era, comes to BHS to discuss four of the biggest cases he’s ever cracked including the 1963 assassination of NAACP leader Medgar Evers, the 1963 bombing of the Birmingham Sixteenth Street Baptist church, the 1966 firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, and the “Mississippi Burning” case. Moderated by WNYC‘s Jami Floyd.

This is the part of a series of programs offered annually in recognition of Martha Rubin’s commitment to social justice and equity. Martha Rubin is a Trustee Emerita (in memoriam) of Brooklyn Historical Society.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

6:30 pm


  • General Admission $15
  • Member Admission $10
reserve tickets

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    Jerry Mitchell

    Jerry Mitchell is one of the most decorated investigative journalists in the nation, having won over thirty national awards. Since 1989, the investigative journalist for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, has unearthed documents, cajoled suspects and witnesses, and quietly pursued evidence in some of the nation’s most notorious killings.

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    Jami Floyd

    Jami Floyd is the local host of “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays. In a journalism career that spans two decades, Jami has worked on everything from breaking news, to exclusive interviews, to long-form investigations. She is also the Legal Editor in the WNYC Newsroom.

    In the course of her career, Jami has had the opportunity to travel to 48 states, and countless in-depth conversations with news makers. Among the most memorable: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, cited by The New York Times for its barrage of “hard-hitting” questions. Jami still considers her interview with Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers to be her most meaningful.