Emmett Louis Till



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Mamie Till
We stand strand in solidarity with the many Black mothers who, throughout American history, have endured the unspeakable — seeing their sons killed — only to further suffer pain when our justice system fails to deliver.
This is Mamie Till. Her unarmed son Emmett, 14, was kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi on August 28, 1955. His murderers were acquitted by an all-white jury after a five-day trial. We mourn with her. 

On June 24, 1957, after dating three years, 35-year-old Mamie Bradley married Gene Mobley, a union that lasted 43 years, ending only with Gene’s death in 2000. Bradley, who became known as Mamie Till-Mobley, never bore another child but helped nurture Gene’s two daughters after their mother moved from Chicago.

In the mid-1960s, Mobley’s mother, Alma Spearman, formed the Emmett Till Foundation, the goals of which were to build Christian character and a sense of citizenship in young people. It held its first annual banquet in Chicago in July 1966. The nonprofit organization eventually began a long tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving youth annually on July 25 — Emmett’s birthday.

Till-Mobley created an additional way of keeping her son’s memory alive by establishing a performing group in 1973, the Emmett Till Players, made up of children who memorized and recited the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years they performed at schools and churches, and a decade after its founding, Till-Mobley estimated that over 200 children had been part of the troupe. In 1984, the Emmett Till Players even performed in Mississippi.


Sybrina Fulton,This is Sybrina Fulton. Her unarmed son Trayvon Martin, 17, was walking back to his father’s home when he was stalked and killed by neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman, who deemed him to be suspicious. Zimmerman was acquitted the following year. Fulton’s foundation in her son’s name brings together communities to promote a fair and safe society. We mourn with her.www.trayvonmartinfoundation.org


Nicole Paultre Bell This is Nicole Paultre Bell. Her unarmed fiancé Sean Bell, 23, was out with friends at his bachelor party when he was killed outside a club by police who fired at him 50 times. The officers who killed him were acquitted. Paultre Bell’s foundation aims to inform citizens of their rights in police encounters and encourage positive action for youth. We mourn with her.www.Whenitsrealitsforever.org


Kadiatou Diallo This is Kadiatou Diallo. On February 4, 1999, her unarmed son Amadou was gunned down by New York City police in a hail of 41 bullets as he reached for his wallet. Amadou’s killers were all acquitted. Her foundation in her son’s name ensures that students from the African diaspora have access to higher education. We mourn with her. www.amadoudiallofoundation.com

Gwen Carr This is Gwen Carr. Her unarmed and asthmatic son Eric Garner suffered a fatal heart attack after police, arresting him on suspicion of selling loosies, put him in an illegal chokehold that was caught on video. A grand jury has been convened to determine whether the officers face charges. We mourn with her.



CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 13: A woman holds a sign in honor of Emmett Till during a protest on June 13, 2020, in Chicago, Illinois. Protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th. (Photo by Natasha Moustache/Getty Images)   


Today, Mississippi MoveOn members are joining Emmett’s family in Jackson, MI to deliver this petition to #DemandJusticeForEmmettTill!

If you’re not in Mississippi, that’s okay! You can still show solidarity and pressure key decision-makers by taking the actions below. It should only take a few minutes, and will make a huge difference!

Call Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch at 601-359-3680
Call District Attorney for the Fourth Circuit Court District of Mississippi, W. Dewayne Richardson at 662-378-210
Click here to retweet this graphic on Twitter.
Step 1: Call Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch at 601-359-3680 and then-District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson at 662-378-2105.

Here’s what you can say:

“Emmett Till should be alive today. It’s unacceptable that Carolyn Bryant Donham is the only known surviving accomplice in the kidnapping and brutal lynching of Emmett Till, and she has yet to be charged. It is long overdue that Attorney General Lynn Fitch and District Attorney W. Dewayne do the right thing by charging Carolyn Bryant Donham in Emmett Till’s open murder case now!”

Step 2: Retweet the graphic on Twitter!

Friend, what happened to Emmett is not an isolated incident. There is a clear connection between past injustices and the injustices that continue to this day. Black communities and communities of color suffer every single day at the hands of brutal systems designed to protect White supremacy and the status quo above all else.

So we can’t stop fighting.

Emmett was adventurous, full of life, and such a joy. He didn’t get a chance to fulfill his childhood and teen years, become an adult, get married, or have children of his own. He should be alive today. That’s why we can’t stop demanding truth, justice, and accountability.

Together, we can show solidarity with Emmett’s family and champion accountability for Emmett’s brutal lynching.

Will you add pressure by calling her office at 601-359-3680 and then-District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson’s office at 662-378-2105?

And retweet this graphic, reply to the tweet with #DemandJusticeForEmmettTill a, and tag @LynnFitchAG to make some noise online while Emmett’s family and Mississippi MoveOn members deliver the petition.


Emmett Till’s Relatives Seek Renewed Probe Of ’55 Lynching
Till’s relatives want authorities to prosecute a White woman at the center of the case from the very beginning.
Emily Wagster Pettus and Jay Reeves
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“She Lied: Carolyn Bryant and the Murder of Emmett Till”


The March on Washington Film Festival

When Carolyn Bryant Dunham admitted to historian Timothy Tyson that she fabricated the story that incited her husband and brother-in-law to kidnap and kill 14-year-old Emmet Till in Mississippi in 1955, few were surprised. Although the two men were acquitted by an all-white jury, Till’s death served as a major catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and his story resonates to the present day.

Questions remain: What are the historical roots of White supremacist thinking in the false accusations of black men by white women? How has it been developed over the past centuries to the “Beckys” of the present? What could/should we have to say about Carolyn Bryant today?

We address these questions through scholarly presentations covering three chronological perspectives.


Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, and author of They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University, and author of Mothers of Mass Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy

Dr. Catherine Clinton, Professor of American History, the University of Texas at San Antonio; author/editor of 25 books.

Moderator: Tina Tchen, attorney, Buckley Sander LLP, former Assistant to President Barack Obama, Executive Director, White House Council on Women, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Performer: Isryel “Tales” Jules, dancer and actor

In partnership with George Washington University

Directed by Gina Belafonte


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