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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 22, 2015

Retired attorney Jim Emison hopes to solve the 1940 murder of Elbert Williams, who is believed to be the first NAACP member killed for daring to speak up for civil rights. Williams was a charter member of the NAACP's Brownsville branch and worked to register black voters in West Tennessee in the early days of the civil rights movement. Emison wants the case reopened and Williams' body exhumed, despite some resistance from a few people in the community. "We should do everything we can do to see who killed this man," Emison said. "If there is anybody in a group that may have done it that's still living, they need to be brought to justice." The Times News Net has more from the Asssociated Press.