Stanley Dearman


Age: 84

editor and publisher of the weekly newspaper Neshoba Democrat in Philadelphia, Mississippi whose editorials expressing outrage at the 1964 murders of three young civil rights workers helped to set the sage for the belated conviction of a former Klansman for organizing the killings after he purchased the paper in 1966 and ran it until his retirement in 2000, but who called for justice in a case that became a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement at a time when rigid segregation reigned in the Deep South and it was the basis for the 1988 film Mississippi Burning.

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Born: July 24, 1932

Died: February 25, 2017

Gulf Breeze, Florida