Emmett Till

Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African-American boy who was brutally murdered in 1950s Mississippi for flirting with a white woman. Till's death was a pivotal catalyst in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

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Why did Emmett till mother want to have an open casket?

to show the world what whites did to her son

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What did Emmett Till do?

As he was leaving a store, he whistled to the white woman who happened to own the store with her husband. Two days later the woman's husband and brother dragged Emmett out of his great uncle's house, beating, shooting, and dumping him in a river. They found him three days later. The only way they identified him was by his father's ring that his mother gave to Emmett right before he left Chicago.

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Who was Emmett Till?

Emmett Louis Till was an African-American 14-year-old from Chicago, Illinois who was murdered after reportedly flirting with a white woman in Money, Mississippi in 1955. Emmett Till was an African-American boy who was murdered at the age of 14 by two white men after supposedly flirting with the wife of one of the men in Money, Mississippi. After his gruesome beating, where one of his eyes was gouged out, his mother insisted on his funeral being open casket to show the world the injustices that were being faced by African-Americans all over the country.

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Where was Emmett Till brutally murdered in?

money, mississippi. by the tallahatchi river

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How did Emmett Till die?

Roy Bryant (husband of the wife Till flirted with) and his half-brother J.W. Milam took him to a barn, hit him multiple times with the end of a gun, gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head. The bullet caught him in the ear. They disposed his body in the Tallahatchie River by tying a 70 pound cotton gin fan to his neck with barbed wire.

Bryant and Milam were tried and acquitted because of a "lack of evidence". A year later, the murderers confessed to killing Till and published a description of how they killed Emmett Till in Look Magazine protected from punishment because of the double jeopardy part of our Constitution.

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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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Why is Angela Davis a part of black history?

A very old woman

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What is the true story of Emmett till?

If you watch the movie The Untold STory of Emmett Louis Till it gives a very vivid description of life in the 1995. Plus it has many interviews and pictures. I obtained many notes from this movie. Iused these notes to write a three page essay and received an A. Also there are many books and websites. I do not recomend Wikipedia. It is not a very reliable source. I hope this may help you.

-Jessica :)

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Did the killers of Emmett Till go to jail?

ur sopposed to tell us

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What happens if you kill somebody?

If you killed somebody it would ruin your life and the person you killed would ruin their life and you would be put in jail for a long time if I were you I would not ever kill anybody that is very stupid.

Killing a person is probably illegal unless you kill that person to save your own life or that of another.

Intentionally killing a person without just cause is called murder. Killing a person accidentally is called manslaughter. There are various levels of mitigating circumstances used to determine what level of criminality you will be charged with. The key word is "criminality" and that means that you will have to pay for your crime.

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How did Emmett Grogan die?

On April 6, 1978, 35-year-old Emmett Grogan was found dead on a New York City subway car, the victim of a heart attack possibly induced by chronic heroin. i love cheeeeeeeeeeessssssseeeeeeeeeeeeee pieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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What was the significance of the death of Emmett Till?

Till's murder focused national attention on civil rights abuses in the South and mobilized the Civil Rights Movement..

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How did Emmett Till influence the civil rights movement?

Northern blacks might have never relized the violence to their own race in the south. Emmett Till's murder was a spark in the upsurge of activism

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What city was did Emmett Till murdered in?

Emmett Till was murdered in Money, Mississippi.

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Why did they kill Emmett till?

Emmett Till was killed while visiting the south. He was leaving a store and a white woman/girl was walking into the store. He said "hi, baby" and walked on. Later, he was picked up and beaten to death. His body was ID'ed by using his high school ring he was beaten so badly.

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What happened to the men who were accused of shooting Emmett Till?

The two alleged killers of Emmett Till, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, were acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder, but later admitted to killing him in a magazine interview. They each lived into their sixties, both dying of cancer, and neither publicly expressed remorse for the crime.

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What ever happened to Milam and Bryant accused of killing Emmett Till?

Unfortunately, they were found NOT GUILTY for the murder of Emmett Elliot Till.

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How old was Emmett till why was he murdered?

he was 14 years old when he was murdered and he was murdered because he was whistled at a white woman

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Where did Emmett Till travel to?

he travel to money Mississippi to spend the summer with them

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Where did Emmett Till live?

Chicago, Illinios

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What did Emmett Till do in the Civil War?

Emmett Till didn't do anything in the Civil War. He wasn't even alive when the Civil War occurred.

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How old is Emmett Till?

Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941 and died on August 28, 1955. Emmett Till would have been 14 years old at the time of death or 74 years old today.

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What was Emmett Till like?

He was usually happy. He enjoyed playing pranks with his cousin & friends, & he liked to play games of baseball.

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How was Emmett till mother able to identify his body?

Till was identified by his fathers ring that he was wearing when he was murdered.

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