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

A Racial Murder the FBI Can't Seem to Solve

by Benjamin Greenberg on Feb 28, 2014 7:02AM

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

by Benjamin Greenberg on Jul 25, 2011 10:07AM

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

by Benjamin Greenberg on Apr 22, 2011 9:04AM

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

by Benjamin Greenberg on Mar 30, 2011 12:03PM

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: Recy Taylor, History, Gender & Sexuality

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

by Benjamin Greenberg on Mar 22, 2011 11:03AM

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: Recy Taylor, History, Gender & Sexuality

Recy Taylor May Finally See Alabama Acknowledge Her 1944 Rape

by Benjamin Greenberg on Mar 16, 2011 3:03AM

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

Topics: Recy Taylor, History, Gender & Sexuality

Investigations Force Feds to Revisit Murders of Civil Rights Era

by Benjamin Greenberg on Jan 12, 2011 10:01AM

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

Topics: History, Criminal Justice