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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 ...

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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."

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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.

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Incredible documentary that kept my students at the edge of their seats. Afterwards, it had my students--without being prompted--comparing Till to Sandy Hook and Trayvon Martin. Overall, it's a sad reminder of the incredibly racist past of America. WARNING: This documentary includes profane language and graphic photos.

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Mattie Smith Colin, Chicago Defender reporter who covered Emmett Till story, dies at 98

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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.

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US Department of Justice To Probe The Hiding of Emmett Till Witnesses - Jet Magazine, October 13, 1955

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Emmett Till Body | ... on Emmett Till's body that was given to him byhis father, Louis Till

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112 Yr Old Mississippi Woman Waits for Word on Emmett Till Murder Trial - Jet Magazine, October 6, 1955

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Standing as one of the most-heinous, race-motivated crimes in America’s history, the kidnapping & savage lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi. Considered a transformative moment in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Till’s death shocked a nation & still resonates deeply. Till’s murder helped push along the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which allowed the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate in local matters.:

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