Emmett Louis Till
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. 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.”