Today marks the 57th anniversary of the murder of Emmitt Till

Written by MCJStaff   // August 28, 2012   // Comments Off

 

 

Today marks the 57th Anniversary of the death of Emmett Louis Till. Many within the Twitter universe (including us) will help commemorate his death by using #Emmetttill behind our tweets. This is one of many brutal killings that mobilized the Civil Rights movement. PBS did an amazing documentary about his life and tragedy. This African-American boy who was brutally murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in the Mississippi Delta region when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam arrived at Till’s great-uncle’s house where they took Till, transported him to a barn, beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. His body was discovered and retrieved from the river three days later. Another great resource for learning more is: (Here)


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