Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later

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A Call For Expansion of Emmett Till Act.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and a movie screening to remember Emmett Till. August 17, 2015-Memphis Tennessee: 30 years after the brutal lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till’s lynching, Clenora Hudson launched her pioneering research as a Doctoral Student at the U of Iowa, which evolved in her 1988 Ford Doctoral Dissertation, “Emmett Till: The Impetus of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” (later published “Emmett Till: The Sacrificial Lamb of the Civil Rights Movement” in 1994), thus, establishing Till as the true catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement. 30 years later, we now reflect on the 60th Anniversary of this horrific incident that stunned the world and catapulted us into the Movement.

They’re also trying to continue the legacy of his late mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who worked with young people and encouraged them to challenge injustice in their everyday lives. Hudson’s new book, “Emmett–Legacy, Redemption and Forgiveness,” brings her initial research to completion, as we have the story of four seminal players in the Till Murder Case: Emmett, the victim; Mamie, the mother of Emmett; Rayfield Mooty, the strategist and advisor to Mamie Till; Clenora, the researcher and interpreter and Atty. Sykes is recognized as the “force behind” the re-opening of the Emmett Till murder case and the creation and passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007 (commonly referred to as the “Till Bill”).

It’s a message that Deborah Watts, a distant cousin of Till’s, sees as relevant amid the killings in recent years of unarmed young black men such as Trayvon Martin in Florida and Tamir Rice in Ohio. John Whitten, Jr., the Spirit of Redemption, who changes from a participant by representing the murderers, to a remorseful sympathizer, who spends his life atoning by representing poor Blacks in the state of Mississippi “pro bono.” Aubrey Bruce, Senior Sports Columnist for the New Pittsburgh Courier says that: “Clenora Hudson Weems is the real deal. Sykes, who served from 2002 as Mamie Till Mobley’s official victim’s advocate to law enforcement agencies involved in her son’s unsolved murder case, is scheduled participate as a panelist for the YOUth EmPOWERment Day sessions held at the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts. Clenora Hudson-Weems will navigate you through this dark and shameful event as well as this chapter of history that can only be defined as “American Apartheid.”

Rush (D-Ill), Wheeler Parker (Emmett’s cousin who was with him the night he died), author Christopher Benson, and filmmaker Raymond Thomas, among others. The small Emmett Till Interpretive Center opened across the street from the courthouse, and it has attracted school and church groups from across the country. “We get to understand that race and racism are not something unique to the Mississippi Delta,” Weems said. “It’s an issue that faces the entire nation.” He was most recently named a Scholar in Residence at the Kansas City Public Library, where he has spent countless hours in public libraries reading and researching. He has re-opened two civil rights cold cases, one the high-profile murder of Chicago teenager Emmett Till, and the 1980 murder of Kansas City musician Steve Harvey.

-Provide Justice Grants to governmental and non-governmental organizations, private investigative agencies, educational institutions,documentary filmmakers, investigative reporters, etc. that will help in investigations and raise public awareness and support through media outlets, social media, and public event activities to find potential cases, evidence and witnesses. – Continue authorization for federal Inspector Generals to provide assistance to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children with their backlog of unsolved cases. They took Till away, awakening him from sleeping in his bed, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Tens of thousands attended his funeral or viewed his casket, and images of his mutilated body were published in black-oriented magazines and newspapers, rallying popular black support and white sympathy across the U.S. Although initially local newspapers and law enforcement officials decried the violence against Till and called for justice. they soon began responding to national criticism by defending Mississippians, which eventually transformed into support for the killers.

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