Book Hour: Mississippi Eyes: The Story and Photography of the Southern Documentary Project


Imagine being a photojournalist in the summer of 1964 covering the civil rights struggles in Mississippi. Hearing his accounts makes one appreciate how far we’ve come as a nation in many ways. However, he and his colleagues at the Southern Documentary Project faced wiretaps, break-ins, police harassment and beatings, and death threats while trying to cover the enormous struggle for voting rights and equal rights by black citizens. The author conveys the fear and pain of the time but he also provides inspiration for journalists, photojournalists, and activists today. Freedom isn’t easy and reporting it has its dangers. He had to plan escape routes, how to find medical treatment in hostile towns, and locate safe houses if the mobs attacked black gatherings. He developed four rules for photojournalists. Rule number one is to use any means necessary – including cowardice – to get your story to the publisher. His rationale? The world has to get the story at all costs. This is an interesting book with haunting pictures and you can listen to the stories of reporting history in one of America’s toughest times. Through it all, he fell in love with Mississippi, its beauty, and its people.

Guest: Matt Herron
Learn more at: Open Book Publicity

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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.