Texarkana native and TISD Distinguished Alum Jerry “Boo” Mitchell has made an indelible mark in our country with his dogged investigative journalism and came “home” recently to share his story with all ages, as part of a book tour for his newly published memoir “Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era.” 

Mitchell’s work has been integral to the solving of numerous race crimes in the South, including the conviction of the murderer of civil rights leader Medgar Evers. According to a TISD press release, Mitchell is the winner of more than thirty prestigious national awards for his work, including a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” as well as being a Pulitzer-Prize finalist.  During his visit to Texarkana, Mitchell gave multiple presentations, from a large PLACE audience at TAMU-T’s Eagle Hall, to speaking to Texas High students at the TISD Performing Arts Center. He also participated in a book signing at Books a Million.  
(For more about Jerry’s work and his visit to Texarkana, see the Texarkana Gazette). 

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