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Justice at last?

 

In August 1955 the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till

was recovered from a river in Mississippi.

 

A month later,

two white men were acquitted

of his murder by an all white jury,

causing an outcry that helped kick-start

the US civil rights movement.

 

Fifty years on, the case is finally being reopened.

Gary Younge reports

 

The Guardian        G2        p. 1        6 July 2005

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/jun/06/usa.garyyounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sign marking the river where Till's body was found

was moved to the Emmett Till Interpretive Center

after it was vandalized.

 

Its replacement was also shot up.

 

Credit Robert Rausch for The New York Times

 

Past and Present

The Freedom Trail in Mississippi

Is a Chronicle of Outrage and Courage

The route is an indictment of the cruelty of racism

and a commemoration of those who fought against it.

NYT        Sept. 10, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/
travel/mississippi-freedom-trail.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmett Till in Chicago,

about six months before he was killed

while visiting relatives in Mississippi.

 

via Associated Press

 

The Lasting Power of Emmett Tillís Image

By Maurice Berger        NYT        Apr. 5, 2017

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/
controversy-contexts-using-emmett-tills-image/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmett Tillís mother at his funeral in 1955.

 

She had insisted that the coffin be open,

to show the world what his killers had done.

 

Chicago-Sun Times, via Associated Press

 

 

Woman Linked to 1955 Emmett Till Murder

Tells Historian Her Claims Were False

By RICHARD P…REZ-PE—A        NYT        JAN. 27, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/
emmett-till-lynching-carolyn-bryant-donham.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her sonís funeral.

 

Photograph: AP

 

Selma through my father's eyes: 'What did these people die for?'

G

Friday 16 January 2015        19.07 GMT

Last modified on Friday 16 January 2015        19.56 GMT

http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/jan/16/
selma-through-my-fathers-eyes-what-did-these-people-die-for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice at last?

 

In August 1955

the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till

was recovered from a river in Mississippi.

 

A month later,

two white men were acquitted of his murder

by an all white jury, causing an outcry

that helped kick-start the US civil rights movement.

 

Fifty years on, the case is finally being reopened.

Gary Younge reports

 

The Guardian        G2        p. 1        6 June 2005

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/jun/06/usa.garyyounge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: STOP Mississippi Terror!!

Ticket to protest of Emmett Till murder.

Although advertised as one of the speakers,

Mamie Bradley, Till's mother (1921-2003),

did not appear at the event but instead his uncle, ____ spoke.

 

Creator/Contributor:

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

West Coast Region 1944-, sponsor

 

Date: 1955 November 13

http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/hb9489p1xc/

http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/themed_collections/subtopic6a.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section of the Tallahatchie River

where body of murdered black teeager Emmett Till

was found.

 

Location: Sumner, MS, US

Date taken: 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/615b3ead260d5f2b.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100lb fan used to weight body

of the slain teen on display

during the trial for the murder of Emmett Till.

 

Location: Sumner, MS, US

Date taken: 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/ee1a77c30503c1d4.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site of Emmett Till's kidnapping.

 

Location: MS, US

Date taken: September 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/57d8988cc71b4525.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Bryant and her husband, holding their sons,

at his murder trial in 1955.

 

Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection, via Getty Images

 

Black Lives, White Lies and Emmett Till

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD        NYT        FEB. 6, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/
opinion/black-lives-white-lies-and-emmett-till.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defendants Roy Bryant & J. W. Milam

talking to their lawyer

during their trial for the murder of Emmett Till.

 

Location: Sumner, MS, US

Date taken: 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Defendant J. W. Milam's relatives,

including mother Eula Lee Bryant (2L)

during his trial for the murder of Emmett Till.

 

Location: Sumner, MS, US

Date taken: 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/22a93dfbd7193263.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Store belonging to murder defendant Roy Bryant.

 

Location: MS, US

Date taken: September 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/5de52165b7bbbaa7.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African American press reporters sitting at seperate card table

during the trial for the murder of black teenager Emmitt Till,

allegedly by two white men.

 

Location: Sumner, MS, US

Date taken: 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moses Wright & Mamie Bradley (1921-2003) ,

uncle & mother respectively of murdered boy Emmett Till,

speaking to press during the trial for his murder.

 

Location: Sumner, MS, US

Date taken: 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy Bryant (CL) and J. W. Milam (CR)

posing with their wives to celebrate their acquittal

for the murder of Emmett Till.

 

Location: MS, US

Date taken: September 1955

 

Photographer: Ed Clark

Life Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till murder

 

 

 

Emmett Till - Part 1, History Documentary on Civil Rights

 

Watch this compelling excerpt from Civil Rights Heroes,

a documentary from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Kent,

which originally aired on Discovery Networks.

 

Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African-American boy,

who was murdered by white racists

in the racially segregated Mississippi of 1955.

 

The men who killed him were acquitted.

 

After their acquittal,

they famously admitted their part in the murder.

 

Tills death, which made national headlines,

set off a firestorm that launched the Civil Rights Movement.

A History Documentary on Civil Rights.

 

Uploaded by MartinKentFilms on Jan 22, 2010

http://yearslaterwewouldremember.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONJ9CUj6h-w

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONJ9CUj6h-w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHl-uwt3qaI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMdSYxZqIXc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjY8_1An1KY&feature=related

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Death of Emmett Till

 

 

 

 

The Death of Emmett Till        Tony fox        Jul 1, 2008

 

Bob Dylan's interpretation of the Murder of Emmett Till.

For the 2008 SHP conference workshop

 

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/
watch?v=ywc3YFeMiYE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till        July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955

 

Emmett Till,

a 14-year-old black kid

born and raised in Chicago,

went down in August 1955

to visit some relatives

in the hamlet of Money, Miss.

 

One day, he walked

into a country store there,

Bryant's Grocery

and Meat Market,

and, on a dare,

said something fresh

to the white woman

behind the counter

-- 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant,

the owner's wife --

or asked her for a date,

or maybe wolf-whistled at her.

 

A few nights later,

her husband,

Roy Bryant (1931-1994),

and his half brother,

J.W. Milam (1919-1981) ,

yanked young Till out of bed

and off into the dark Delta,

where they beat, tortured and,

ultimately, shot him in the head

and pushed him

into the Tallahatchie River.

 

His body, though tied

to a heavy cotton-gin fan

with barbed wire,

surfaced a few days later,

whereupon Bryant and Milam

were arrested and charged

with murder.

 

Reporters

from all over the country

-- and even from abroad --

converged upon

the little courthouse

in Sumner, Miss.,

to witness the trial.

 

The prosecution mounted

an excellent case

and went after the defendants

with surprising vigor;

 

the judge was eminently fair,

refusing to allow race

to become an issue

in the proceedings,

at least overtly.

 

Nevertheless,

the jury, 12 white men,

acquitted the defendants

after deliberating

for just 67 minutes

-- and only that long,

one of them said afterward,

because they stopped

to have a soda pop

in order to stretch things out

and ''make it look good.''

 

Shortly thereafter, the killers,

immune from further prosecution,

met with and proudly

confessed everything

to William Bradford Huie (1910-1986),

a journalist who published their story

in Look magazine.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/magazine/31TILL.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/emmett-louis-till 

http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/
enc_till_emmett_louis_1941_1955/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/index.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_till.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/sfeature/sf_look_confession.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-650652.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_defendants.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/p_parents.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475420/

 

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/30/
660980178/-let-the-people-see-shows-how-emmett-till-s-murder-was-nearly-forgotten

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/27/
661048613/a-brutal-lynching-and-a-possible-confession-decades-later

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/14/
629131948/emmett-tills-cousin-on-reopening-of-case-an-opportunity-for-the-truth-to-be-told

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/12/
emmett-till-us-reopens-investigation-into-killing-citing-new-information

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/12/
628425530/justice-department-re-opens-emmett-till-murder-investigation

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/
us/emmett-till-death-investigation.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/
arts/emmett-till-camille-cosby-comparison.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/11/
569785477/simeon-booker-dean-of-washingtons-black-press-corps-dies-at-99

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/
obituaries/simeon-wright-witness-to-abduction-of-emmett-till-dies-at-74.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/05/
548647220/cousin-who-witnessed-emmett-till-abduction-dies-at-74

 

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/
controversy-contexts-using-emmett-tills-image/

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/
arts/design/painting-of-emmett-till-at-whitney-biennial-draws-protests.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/06/
opinion/black-lives-white-lies-and-emmett-till.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/
emmett-till-lynching-carolyn-bryant-donham.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/
books/review/blood-of-emmett-till-timothy-b-tyson.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/12/
501622050/emmett-tills-father-was-also-hanged-a-new-book-tells-his-story

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2015/09/25/
443205842/six-decades-later-acquittal-of-emmett-tills-killers-troubles-town

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/31/
opinion/charles-m-blow-60-years-later-echoes-of-emmett-tills-killing.html

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/08/24/
433530734/the-creation-of-an-emmett-till-archive

 

http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/jan/16/
selma-through-my-fathers-eyes-what-did-these-people-die-for

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/
willie-louis-who-named-the-killers-of-emmett-till-at-their-trial-dies-at-76.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/08/
rooting-out-racism-us-uk-black

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/us/24rights.html

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-650652.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/
story.php?storyId=14904083 - October 2, 2007

 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-30-emmett-till_N.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-04-till-case_N.htm

 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-27-till-case_x.htm

 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-18-till-legends_x.htm

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-12-civil-rights-store_x.htm

 

 

 

 

http://www.scu.edu/scm/spring2006/justice.cfm

 

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/magazine/31TILL.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/jun/06/usa.garyyounge 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/may/05/usa

 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-05-06-till-plans_x.htm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/05/national/05exhume.html

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/may/11/usa.garyyounge

 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-03-10-till-usat_x.htm

 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/gallery/2004/03-09-till/flash.htm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/magazine/till4.pdf

 

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/magazine/till2.pdf

 

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/magazine/till3.pdf

 

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/magazine/till1.pdf

 

http://www.humanarts.org/projects.php?s=the-untold-story-of-emmett-louis-till 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willie Louis        1937-2013

 

Willie Louis (...) named

the killers of Emmett Till

at their trial

 

18-year-old Mr. Reed,

after braving intimidation

from one of the suspects

and walking through

the thicket of Klansmen

massed outside

the courthouse,

testified in open court

to what he had

seen and heard.

 

The son of a family

of black sharecroppers,

Mr. Reed was spirited

out of Mississippi

immediately after the trial.

 

He changed his name

to Willie Louis

and lived discreetly

in Chicago,

where he worked

as a hospital orderly.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/
willie-louis-who-named-the-killers-of-emmett-till-at-their-trial-dies-at-76.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/
us/willie-louis-who-named-the-killers-of-emmett-till-at-their-trial-dies-at-76.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/07/25/us/25
louis-testimony.html

 

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/24/local/
la-me-willie-louis-20130725

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Till    1922-1945

 

American soldier

and convicted rapist

and murderer.

 

He is best known

as the father

of Emmett Louis Till,

whose murder in 1955

at the age of fourteen

galvanized

the African-American

civil rights movement.

 

A soldier

during World War II,

Louis Till was executed

by the U.S. Army in 1945

after being found guilty

of murder and rape.

 

The circumstances of his death

were little known even to his family

until they were revealed after the trial

of his son's murderers ten years later,

which affected subsequent discourse

on the death of Emmett Till.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Till

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Till

 

 

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/12/
501622050/emmett-tills-father-was-also-hanged-a-new-book-tells-his-story

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1993/02/07/us/
when-black-soldiers-were-hanged-a-war-s-footnote.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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