28 days of Black History Month: Emmitt Till

28 Days of Black History Month (February 27th, 2015)

Emmett Louis Till  (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955)

Emmett Louis Till
(July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955)


Emmett Louis Till born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois To parents Mamie Carthan & Louis Till. (This one really tugs at the heart strings). Was the center piece for one of the most Historic events in African American & American history. The Summer of 1955 Emmitt Till & His cousin went to visit family members in Money, Mississippi. As the story goes on August 24th,1941 Emmitt, 2 of his cousins and some friends were going to the local grocery store to buy candy. Emmitt, reportedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, 21 a white lady in front of the store, she was angered and went to her car to get a gun. All of the kids ran away, because of what Emmitt reportedly had done the boys were scared and decided not to tell their Uncle. 4 days later after finding out what happened Roy Bryant, 24 & his half Brother John Milam, 36 decided to go to where Emmitt was staying.

In the late night/early morning hours Emmitt was taken from his Uncles home thrown into the back of a pickup, and was never seen again. The two men brutally beat, Tortured & shot him to death then threw him in the Tallahatchie River. His body was found 3 days later on August 31st, 1955, in horrible condition. The 2 men accused of kidnapping & killing Emmit Till were arrested, but later found not guilty of murder. They got away scott free. What makes this case so different from the countless others were the fact that Mamie Till, Emmitt’s mother wanted her son to have an open casket funeral. (If you want to see the picture look it up on the internet i will not post it here) Despite the condition of his body, she wanted the world to see what happened to her son. Her fortitude helped change America, & her son’s death Spearheaded the Civil Rights Movement. Emmitt Till was only 14 years old. (his death was said to occur on the same night he was Kidnapped August 28th, 1955)

Editor’s Note:

THIS Summer August 28th, 2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Emmitt Till Murder. 

Writing this story really hit me in the gut, when you research the story i see all of the facts & misinformation it’ll make your head spin. The only good thing that came out of this situation was the creation of the Civil Rights Movement. Other than that this is one of the most horrific cases in American History. It’s so unfortunate that his killers were never brought to justice. Emmitt Till, you are a Martyr and a National Hero to many people. no one should ever be killed for whistling at another person, you were unjustly murdered. We Salute you, & hope you RIP.



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