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Defense Team at Emmett Till murder trial (University of Memphis Library)

Emmett Till and the murder that sparked the civil rights movement. 1955 Jet Magazine article and photos.

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A young Emmett Till; his death at the hands of white racists helped galvanize the Civil Rights Movement.

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from Washington Post

Willie Reed, who risked his life to testify in the Emmett Till murder trial, dies at 76

Willie Reed, who risked his life to testify in the Emmett Till murder trial, dies at 76 - The Washington Post

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Emmett Till....They dragged him from his great-uncle’s house and secreted him away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes. Then they shot him through the head and disposed of his body in the Tallahatchie River...His grossly disfigured body was discovered in the river three days later....Till’s mother insisted on having a public funeral with an open casket so the world could see how her son had been brutalized.

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Emmett Till's Ma. #BlackLivesMatter

56 Years Ago Today (Emmett Died 08/28/55)- Emmett Till Case - First News Mention of Emmett Till Kidnapping by Mississippi Whites pt 1 - Jet ...

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Black Then​August 28, 1955: Emmett Till Is Kidnapped And Murdered  | Black Then

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from The Huffington Post

Emmett Till, 61 Years Later: Let's Stop Pretending We'll Never Forget

Note: This post contains graphic images which may be upsetting for some readers. It was 61 years ago this past weekend ―  on August 28, 1955 ―...

Mose Wright, eyewitness to Emmett Till's abduction