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Civil rights crusader to speak in Algonquin

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 12:27 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – Algonquin Area Public Library welcomes Barry Bradford, a US Presidential Award winner with local roots  at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 to its main facility 2600 Harnish Drive.

Bradford, a suburban Chicago high school teacher and National Teacher of the Year recipient, is best known for leading movements to reopen two cold cases from the Civil Rights Era – including the notorious “Mississippi Burning” triple murder in 1964.

Forty-one years after the crime, Bradford, along with three high school students and a dynamic Mississippi newspaperman, compiled the evidence necessary for justice to prevail. His group’s efforts lead to the successful conviction of Edgar Ray Killen, an unrepentant Ku Klux Klan leader.

As part of its Black History Month programming, and in cooperation with the African American Parent Advisory Committee of School District 300, the Algonquin Area Public Library invites interested participants to the compelling presentation “Mississippi Burning: Rewriting History.

Seating is limited. Visit the Events page of to register. Learn more about the speaker at

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