Guest Column: Oliver Emmerich laid groundwork in McComb for racial reconciliation
At the Mississippi Press Association convention in June, a panel was convened to discuss the long hot summer of 1964, when civil rights tension was at a peak 50 years ago.
Has it really been 50 years? I am getting old. It seems like yesterday. I was a child of six years, but the memories, stories and repercussions of those years still seem like part of the present, not the distant past.
Charles Dunagin was managing editor of the McComb Enterprise-Journal at the time, working for my grandfather Oliver Emmerich and my father John Emmerich. As a panelist, he recounted what happened that summer in McComb.
I have worked with Charlie for decades. He has an amazing gift of seeing things clearly and plainly without the haze of personal bias or excessive emotion. He doesn’t over dramatize. He just sees it as it is.