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Q: What was a strategy used by the NAACP to challenge racial discrimination?
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What was the lynching of Emmett till?

It doesn't exist. Roy Wilkins, head of the NAACP, called Till's killing "a lynching." He was shot, beaten, tortured, & then thrown into a river.

What happend to Emmett Till?

This is such a sad story I remember well even though I'm Canadian and one that personally makes me feel ashamed of being part of the human race. Emmett Louis Till was a 14 year old African American who was raised in Chicago where, although there was racism there was not so much hatred towards blacks as in Mississippi where he went to visit his great uncle Moss Wright, second cousin Simeon Wright and cousins Maurice and Robert Wright on Aug. 28, 1955 to help their Moss Wright pick cotton on his farm. Emmett's mother warned him to be careful around the whites in Mississippi because they didn't treat the blacks the same there as in Chicago ... it was dangerous. On August 24th Emmett along with Simeon (12), Maurice 16) Wheeler Parker (16), Roosevelt Crawford (15) and Ruthie Mae Crawford (18) went into Money, Mississippi after a hard day picking cotton to buy soft drinks. The store they entered was Bryant's store owned by Roy Bryant and it catered to African Americans field hands. Roy Bryant's wife Carolyn and Juanita Miliam wife of J.W. Milam were the only two (women) running the store that day. Wheeler Parker went into the store first and then joined his friends outside, but then Emmett went into the store and within minutes his cousins went in to get him. Ruthie Mae was watching Emmett through the window and noticed instead of putting the money on the counter he handed Carolyn Bryant the money (placing it in her hand.) He broke rule #1 for Mississippi. Do not touch a white woman! Later Carolyn Bryant testified under oath that Emmett Till grabbed her around the waist and made lewd acts toward her (a lie) because Ruthie Mae saw no such action from Emmett as she peered through the store window. For some reason Carolyn Bryant followed Emmett and Simeon outside and Emmett turned around and gave her a 'wolf whistle.' Carolyn Bryant never told her husband about the incident, but because there were a number of blacks outside the store at the time that witnessed it word soon got around. The boys were too afraid to tell their Uncle Moss Wright. Roy Bryant soon found out (gossip) and his half brother J.W. Milam began looking for Emmett Till. They soon found him on Aug. 28, 1955 at 2 AM at his uncle's cabin. Bryant and Miliam wanted to teach the boy a good lesson he soon wouldn't forget and came in with flashlights and a .45 pistol and carried Emmett away. On August 31st Emmett Till's decomposed and badly beaten body was pulled from the Tallahassee River with a 75 pound cotton gin fan tied to his neck with barbed wire. His right eye was hanging on his cheek; his nose flattened and a bullet hole through his head. Emmett's mother obtained a writ ordering the court and the Mississippi sheriff to release her son's body so she could bury him in Chicago. Just three hours before Emmett's body was to be buried in Mississippi without notice to relatives, no ceremony or prayer and worst of all without witnesses. The sheriff was emphatic that when he released Emmett's body the casket would be pad-locked and sealed with the Mississippi State seal. On September 2, 1955 when the Funeral Home Director told Emmet's mother she demanded a hammer and opened the casket herself as she wanted to be sure it was her son. What she saw next would never leave her mind. Her son's tongue was hanging out; right eye was laying on his chest; his nose broken as if someone used a meat clever and she saw daylight where the bullet hole was. The Funeral Director offered to touch up the body (to make it more presentable) but Emmitt's mother said, 'No, let the people see what I have seen. I think everybody needs to know what happened to Emmett Till.' She persisted on an open casket and more than 50,000 people passed the open coffin. Many out of curiosity, but certainly many that were grieving along with Emmett's mother. Jet Magazine published a picture of the young boy and millions across the world read about the torture this young 13 year old went through and his demise. It took the all white male jury 67 minutes to reach a verdict (long enough to rest and have sodas) and acquitted Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam (charged only with kidnapping) for the murder of Emmett Till. The glory of it all is the courage of Emmett's Great Uncle Mose Wright and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley and against all odds and warnings (even threats to their lives) she testified to the identity of her son while Mose Wright defied the white southern ethical codes and testified against the two white men for the abduction and murder of his nephew. It was the first time a black man ever stood before a court of law in the State of Mississippi and testified against white men and lived to tell about it. There were other courageous heroes as well: NAACP Officials such as Medgar Evers and members of the Black Press and all of them banned together to lead their own secret investigation to find eyewitnesses to testify against Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam at the trial. They were successful in their attempts and an 18 year old black field hand named Willie Reed testified he witnessed J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant in a truck with two other white men in the cab and three black men in the back and (one was Emmett) racing down a dirt road of the Sheridan's Plantation managed by Milam's brother Leslie. When Willie Reed returned back from the store he heard screams from the barn. He got a closer look and saw Milam with a Colt .45 Pistol at his side. Milam saw Willie and asked if he heard or saw anything and Willie fearing for his life said no, but later testified in court that the two men brutally beat and murdered Emmett Till. Amazingly enough with overwhelming evidence against the two men they were freed! The reason being that the prosecution could not prove the badly decomposed body was that of young Emmett. Of course it was because his mother saw the ring his father had given him still on Emmett's lifeless body. Mose Wright, his family and Willie Reed left the state of Mississippi fearing for their lives and lived in Chicago. Emmett's mother went on with her life with the sole purpose of repeatedly telling her son's story and hoping the case would be reopened. Immediately after the court trial all transcripts of the trial were destroyed. Mississippi just wanted another story added to the 'Ghosts of Mississippi.' Emmett's mother called her son's murder 'The Sacrificial Lamb' of the American Civil Rights Movement. Before the trial she had led a crusade to get the Dept., of Justice to investigate Emmett's murder. Pres. Eisenhower and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover refused to get involved fearing they would lose southern votes. This did not deter Emmett's mother. She had wisdom, patience and perseverance, but unfortunately the case was reopened only a brief time and then closed forever. On January 6, 2003 Mrs. Mamie Till-Mobley passed away at the age of 47 after fighting relentlessly for the justice her son so deserved. On May 10, 2004 the Department of Justice reopened the investigation of the murder of Emmet based on 9 years of research. There were 14 people involved with the abduction and murder. Six of the 14 are alive and could be charged to this day. Interviews with eyewitnesses and it was the NAACP officials and members of the black press for their courageous acts in documenting the Emmett Till murder case. The Emmett Louis Till murder woke a Sleeping Giant of the black communities and spurred many more courageous acts for years to come. After the Till murder Rose Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on Dec. 5, 1955 and the Montgomery boycott began, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his first civil rights speech and thus, the Civil Rights Movement Began! It is also noted that after the blacks boycotted the Bryant's store it forced Bryants out of business. Milam and Bryant remained in Mississippi and Miliam died of cancer in 1980 and Bryant died of cancer in 1994. The sad thing is, that all their lives (along with several others) these two men never thought they did anything wrong and had no remorse. To them blacks were lesser than dogs! Unfortunately through the poor beaten soul of Emmett Tills, his memory rose to change many laws thanks to the Civil Rights Movement and other whites who found this a great injustice of the judicial system.

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What is the mission of the NAACP?

The NAACP aims to ensure that all citizens have equal rights. They want to end racial discrimination and educate the public about its negative effects on society.

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It influences the Government to provide grants and funding for different racial and discrimination issues taking place across America.

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The basic aims of the NAACP is:Protest with legal means to achieve equalityEnsure political, educational, social and economic equality rights of all personsEliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was an organization created to fight racial discrimination against African Americans. Many blacks and whites alike united within this organization to fight racism.