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EACH SEASON KINGZ LIVE 4EVA WILL SHOW RECOGNITION TO A HISTORICAL KING WORTHY OF PRAISE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY FOR AWARENESS AND RESPECT PURPOSES. THIS SUMMER 2020 WE SHOW RECOGNITION TO A KING WHOSE LIFE WAS TAKEN VERY EARLY. I INTRODUCE YOU TO EMMETT TILL…

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NAME: EMMETT TILL

BIRTH DATE: JULY 25, 1941

DEATH DATE: AUGUST 28, 1955

EDUCATION: MCCOSH GRAMMAR SCHOOL

PLACE OF BIRTH: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

PLACE OF DEATH: MONEY, MISSISSIPPI

EMMETT TILL BIOGRAPHY: (1941–1955)

UPDATED: JAN 14, 2020

ORIGINAL: JAN 22, 2015

    

THE BRUTAL ABDUCTION AND MURDER OF 14-YEAR-OLD EMMETT TILL ON AUGUST 28, 1955, GALVANIZED THE EMERGING CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

 

WHO WAS EMMETT TILL?

EMMETT TILL WAS BORN IN CHICAGO AND GREW UP IN A MIDDLE-CLASS BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD. TILL WAS VISITING RELATIVES IN MONEY, MISSISSIPPI, IN 1955 WHEN THE FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD WAS ACCUSED OF WHISTLING AT CAROLYN BRYANT, A WHITE WOMAN WHO WAS A CASHIER AT A GROCERY STORE. 

FOUR DAYS LATER, BRYANT'S HUSBAND ROY AND HIS HALF-BROTHER J.W. MILAM KIDNAPPED TILL, BEAT HIM AND SHOT HIM IN THE HEAD. THE MEN WERE TRIED FOR MURDER, BUT AN ALL-WHITE, MALE JURY ACQUITTED THEM. 

TILL'S MURDER AND OPEN CASKET FUNERAL GALVANIZED THE EMERGING. MORE THAN SIX DECADES LATER, IN JANUARY 2017, TIMOTHY TYSON, AUTHOR OF THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILLAND A SENIOR RESEARCH SCHOLAR AT DUKE UNIVERSITY, REVEALED THAT IN A 2007 INTERVIEW CAROLYN ADMITTED TO HIM THAT SHE HAD LIED ABOUT TILL MAKING ADVANCES TOWARD HER. 

IN 2018, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IT HAD RECEIVED “NEW INFORMATION” ABOUT TILL’S DEATH, AND THE FBI REOPENED AN INVESTIGATION INTO HIS MURDER.

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