Greenwood is a city in and the county seat of Leflore County, Mississippi, located at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta approximately 96 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, and 130 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. The population was 16,087 at the 2010 census.
In 1955, following the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the White Citizens' Council was founded by Robert B. Patterson in Greenwood to fight against racial integration. Local chapters formed across the state, and the white-dominated legislature voted to give the Councils financial support. Having been disfranchised since 1890, when the state passed a new constitution and related electoral and Jim Crow laws, the black community had not been able to elect representatives since then to the state or federal legislature, and could not protest such actions.The Council paid staff to collect information on black professionals and activists who worked for the restoration of American constitutional civil rights.
In the mid 1960s, the Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act to enforce constitutional rights of African Americans and other minorities. For some time, voter registration and elections were monitored by the federal government because of historic discrimination against blacks in the state. The proportion of black citizens of Mississippi who were registered to vote finally roughly matched their proportion of the population in the late 1980s.
On December 3, 2010, Frederick Jermaine Carter, an African-American man from Sunflower County with a history of mental illness, was found dead, hanging from a tree in north Greenwood. The Leflore county coroner ruled the death a suicide, but the NAACP was concerned that foul play may have been involved. The NAACP explicitly tied the black community's suspicions about the verdict to the state's history of racial violence against blacks. The reporter Larry Copeland for USA Today, noted that the young Emmett Till had been lynched 12 miles away in 1955., "We're not drawing any conclusions. We're skeptical, and rightfully we should be, given our history. We can't take this lightly. We just have to wait and see.
Radio station WGRM on Howard Street was the location of B.B. King's first live broadcast in 1940. On Sunday nights, King performed live gospel music as part of a quartet. In memory of this event, the Mississippi Blues Trail has placed its third historic marker in this town at the site of the former radio station. Another Mississippi Blues trail marker is placed near the grave of the blues singer Robert Johnson. There is also a Blues Trail marker at the Elks Lodge.
WOHT 92.3 FM Grenada, MS Oldies
WGRM 93.9 FM Greenwood, MS Gospel Music
WTGY 95.7 FM Charleston, MS Gospel Music
WTCD 96.9 FM Indianola, MS Talk
WYMX 99.1 FM Greenwood, MS Classic Hits
WMUT 101.3 FM Grenada, MS Sports
WAGR 102.5 FM Lexington, MS Urban Contemporary
WBZL 103.3 FM Greenwood, MS Sports
WCLD 103.9 FM Cleveland, MS Urban Contemporary
WGNL 104.3 FM Greenwood, MS Urban Contemporary
WJIW 104.7 FM Greenville, MS Gospel Music
WJDX 105.1 FM Kosciusko, MS Oldies
WGNG 106.3 FM Tchula, MS Urban Contemporary
WFCA 107.9 FM Ackerman, MS Gospel Music
WABG 960 AM Greenwood, MS Blues
WXTN 1000 AM Benton, MS Gospel Music
WGRM 1240 AM Greenwood, MS Gospel Music
WNLA 1380 AM Indianola, MS Gospel Music
WELZ 1460 AM Belzoni, MS Rhythmic Oldies
WKXG 1540 AM Greenwood, MS Religious
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SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2017
Leflore County Civic Center
Mississippi Blues Fest - 7:00 pm ~ Doors Open at 5:30 pm
The Mississippi Blues Fest committee is pleased to announce that the Mississippi Blues Fest will be held on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Greenwood Leflore Civic Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.
This show's line-up includes:
Vic Allen, J Wonn, Nathaniel Kimble, Sweet Angel, Rue Davis, Comedian Lil J and Chitchy MC.
TICKETS ARE $26 IN ADVANCE AND CAN BE PURCHASED at The Leflore County Civic Center Box Office and Harris Shoe Repair in Greenwood, Disco Den in Greenville, Wilson Electronic in Grenada, Jimmy Barber Shop in Winona, Myers Grocery in Cleveland and Capricorn Restaurant in Itta Bena OR ORDER ONLINE at MISSISSIPPIBLUESFEST.COM. FOR TABLE RESERVATION AND INFO CALL 662-453-4065
** NO weapons allowed and only SMALL coolers allowed!
Mississippi Blues Fest 2017 Sponsors:
Bank of Commerce
Mitchell Distributing Co.
Greenwood CVB/Visit Greenwood
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The Mississippi Blues Fest is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving blues music in the birthplace of the art form - the Mississippi Delta. Each March and October the concert draws blues lovers from all over the world.
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