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Benjamin Greenberg

Benjamin Greenberg
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Ben is a blogger, investigative reporter and photographer. He is a founding member of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project—a collaborative project of the Center for Investigative Reporting and Paperny Films—bringing together the power of investigative reporting, narrative writing, documentary film making and interactive multimedia production to reveal the long-neglected truth behind unsolved civil rights murders, and to facilitate reconciliation and healing.

Ben is investigating the murder of Clifton Walker—an African American man who was killed by whites outside of Woodville, Miss. on February 28, 1964—and a number of related stories about Southwest Mississippi. Ben’s interest in the civil rights period was triggered in part by his research into the life of his own father, Paul A. Greenberg, who had been a special assistant to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the early 1960s.

In 2005-06, Ben was guest editor for a Dollars & Sense Magazine's special issue on the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina (March/April 2006)—a groundbreaking collection articles and interviews concerning economic and racial justice in the devastated region. As part of the project, Ben spent eight days on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and interviewed over 20 storm survivors, primarily from African American communities.

Ben's writing has appeared at Colorlines, the American Prospect, In These Times, Dollars & Sense Magazine, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and the Anniston Star. Ben's blog is hungryblues.net and he is @minorjive on Twitter.

A Racial Murder the FBI Can't Seem to Solve

A Racial Murder the FBI Can’t Seem to Solve

by Benjamin Greenberg on February 28 2014, 7:00AM

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1964 racial murder of Clifton Walker. For his family, closure remains elusive.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History

No New Investigation for Malcolm X Murder Case, Say Feds

No New Investigation for Malcolm X Murder Case, Say Feds

by Benjamin Greenberg on July 25 2011, 10:14AM

The Justice Department says there’s no good reason to spend the money on reopening the case on Malcolm X’s assassination. A recent biography argued the initial case was rushed and insufficient, spurring new calls for a real investigation.

Topics: History

Alabama Senate Apologizes to Recy Taylor for 1944 Rape Case

Alabama Senate Apologizes to Recy Taylor for 1944 Rape Case

by Benjamin Greenberg on April 22 2011, 9:01AM

Taylor’s case has been a symbol of the sexual violence black women suffered for decades.

Topics: History

Alabama House Approves Apology for Recy Taylor

Alabama House Approves Apology for Recy Taylor

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 30 2011, 12:57PM

Taylor’s 1944 rape stands as an iconic example of the impunity with which white men attacked black women during the Jim Crow era.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor Gets a Personal Sorry, But No Apology From Alabama

Recy Taylor Gets a Personal Sorry, But No Apology From Alabama

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 22 2011, 11:10AM

The 91-year-old’s family still wants a formal apology for the failure to investigate and prosecute her rapists for nearly 70 years.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

by Benjamin Greenberg on March 16 2011, 3:00AM

She was one of literally uncounted black women who were assaulted without justice in Jim Crow’s South.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, History, Recy Taylor

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

by Benjamin Greenberg on January 12 2011, 10:17AM

There were many more killings than those of activists. A Louisiana black businessman’s murder is the latest case reporters have reopened.

Topics: Criminal Justice, History