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Emmett Till

Stories about Emmett Louis Till, a black teenager kidnapped and murdered in 1955

Civil Rights

Emmett Till

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Sixty-two years ago, white men in the Mississippi Delta brutally murdered Emmett Till in a horrific lynching that is often cited as a catalyst for launching the Civil Rights Movement in the South.

Civil Rights

Vandals Obliterate Info on Emmett Till Marker in Mississippi

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A civil rights historical marker in Mississippi has been vandalized, obliterating information about black teenager Emmett Till, who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955.

Civil Rights

The Enduring Legacy of Emmett Till

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When the news broke that Carolyn Bryant Donham—the white woman infamously at the center of the murder of Emmett Till—admitted to lying in court during the 1955 trial of her husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, public outrage exploded.

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Emmett Till Relative Asks Sessions to Push Civil Rights Law

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Family members of Emmett Till pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday to enforce a law that that allows prosecutors to reinvestigate old civil rights murder cases.

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Key Emmett Till Witness Gave False Testimony, Historian Says

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The woman at the center of the trial of Emmett Till's alleged killers has acknowledged that she falsely testified he made physical and verbal threats, according to a new book.

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Events Mark Emmett Till Slaying 60 Years Later

Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and a movie screening to remember Emmett Till.

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Backers Seek Expansion of Civil Rights Death Law

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Civil rights proponents are laying the groundwork to extend and expand the Emmett Till Act, a law passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era.

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Remembering Emmett Till: A Boy Who Changed America

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Scholars say understanding Emmett Till's death in historical context is important. While Emmett Till's death might have helped spark a reaction from Rosa Parks a few weeks later, the Civil Rights Movement had started as a legal struggle.

Art

Unintentional Filmmaker

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In 2005, filmmaker Keith Beauchamp directed and produced "The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till," which won Audience and Special Jury awards at the 2005 Miami Film Festival, as well as the Freedom of Expression Award from the 2005 National Board of Review.

Justice

‘I Am Emmett Till'

Hank Thomas knew he was going to die. He only questioned how. As the Ku Klux Klan attacked and bombed the bus he was riding through Anniston, Ala., with 12 other Freedom Riders challenging Jim Crow laws, Thomas decided he would rather suffocate than get off the bus and allow the Klan to beat him to death.