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Quote by mother of Emmett Till reminds me of the tale..."and then they came for me and there was no one to speak up for me."

Emmett Till....They dragged him from his great-uncle’s house and secreted him away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes. Then they shot him through the head and disposed of his body in the Tallahatchie River...His grossly disfigured body was discovered in the river three days later....Till’s mother insisted on having a public funeral with an open casket so the world could see how her son had been brutalized.


56 Years Ago Today (Emmett Died 08/28/55)- Emmett Till Case - First News Mention of Emmett Till Kidnapping by Mississippi Whites pt 1 - Jet ...

Will Mississippi Whitewash the Emmett Till Killing - Jet Magazine, September 22, 1955 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


Smithsonian's African American History Museum Acquires Emmett Till Casket

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired the original casket of Emmett Till, whose brutal murder in 1955 energized the modern civil rights movement.


A young Emmett Till; his death at the hands of white racists helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement.


Emmett Till and the murder that sparked the civil rights movement. 1955 Jet Magazine article and photos.

from Washington Post

Willie Reed, who risked his life to testify in the Emmett Till murder trial, dies at 76

Willie Reed, who risked his life to testify in the Emmett Till murder trial, dies at 76 - The Washington Post

Emmett Till was murdered in August 1955. His death was an important event in moving the Civil Rights Movement forward. Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi. He spoke briefly to a white woman and was killed for it.