INDEPENDENT LENS: Spies of Mississippi

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:00pm

Learn about a spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi in the 50s-60s to preserve segregation.

View the story of a secret spy agency formed during the 1950s and 60s by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain white supremacy. Over a decade, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission employed a network of investigators and informants, including African Americans, to help infiltrate the NAACP, CORE and SNCC. They were granted broad powers to investigate private citizens and organizations, keep secret files, make arrests and compel testimony. The program tracks the commission’s hidden role in important chapters of the civil rights movement, including the integration of the University of Mississippi, the trial of Medgar Evers and the KKK murders of three civil rights workers in 1964. INDEPENDENT LENS: Spies of Mississippi airs Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10 p.m. on WXXI.