Jerry Mitchell’s memoir was published earlier this year by Simon and Schuster. In "Race Against Time", he recounts the investigation that reopened four notorious “cold cases” of the Civil Rights Movement. Mitchell’s work as an investigative reporter helped to send four Klansmen to prison decades after these crimes took place. His lecture at The King’s College coincides with the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment, giving black men the right to vote.
Jerry Mitchell worked as an investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi for more than three decades. In 2019, he founded the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. He has won more than thirty national awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the George Polk Award, and Columbia University’s John Chancellor Award.