Someone put a bullet in the back of French journalist Paul Guihard while he was covering the 1962 riot at the University of Mississippi.
It is time for that slaying to be solved, said Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hank Klibanoff.
Klibanoff is taking part in a ceremony today in which a bench on the Ole Miss campus will be dedicated in honor of Guihard, a reporter for Agence France-Presse covering the unrest surrounding the enrollment of James Meredith, the university’s first African-American student.
“He was killed in the most cowardly way – taken to a dark spot, shot at close range and left there,” said Klibanoff, who co-authored The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation. “What that means is somebody did it. If they’re alive, I think they should come forward and tell us what they did and seek forgiveness. If they’re not alive and somebody knows who did it, they should come forward and tell the truth.”