Emmett Louis Till by Thinh H. Truong

Emmett  Louis  Till

Emmett Louis Till was born in Chicago on July 25, 1941. Emmett was the only child of Louis and Mamie Till. He never knew his father, a soldier, who died.

by Thinh H. Truong

Edited and addditional research by Dale Ricardo Shields


Part I: The Unfortunate Trip

On the morning of 1955, Robert Hodges, who was fishing at Tallahatchie Lake in Mississippi, found an unknown object floating on the surface.[1] Closer and closer, he was terrified that it was a dead body. That was Emmett Till, a 14 years old African-American boy. The death of Emmett Till had an impact on the Civil Rights Movement battles of racism in the United States of America during the 1950’s.


The murder of Emmett Till was a seminal event in the Civil Rights movement. Myrlie Evers, whose husband, civil rights leader Medgar Evers, who would be assassinated 8 years later in Jackson Mississippi, noted: “The Emmett Till case shook the foundations of Mississippi because it said that even a child was not safe from racism, bigotry, and death.”

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