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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.