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FC: EM | Emmett Till
1: Emmett Till and his mother Mamie
2: From A Wreath for Emmett Till Emmett Till's name still catches in my throat, like syllables waylaid in a stutterer's mouth. A fourteen-year-old stutterer, in the South to visit relatives and to be taught the family's ways. His mother had finally bought that White Sox cap; she'd made him swear an oath to be careful around white folks. She'd told him the truth of many a Mississippi anecdote:
3: Some white folks have blind souls. In his suitcase she'd packed dungarees, T-shirts, underwear, and comic books. She'd given him a note for the conductor, waved to his chubby face, wondered if he'd remember to brush his hair. Her only child. A body left to bloat. | By: Marilyn Nelson
4: Emmett Till was a 14 year old boy who was visiting family in Money Mississippi. While he was there he was murdered by Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam on August 28 1955. Emmett was said to have whistled at Carolyn Bryant who was a white woman who ran a local store that catered to black people. The two men took him from his bed, brutally beat him and shot him behind his ear. When a 17 year old boy found him tied to a heavy piece of machinery with barbed wire around his neck he called the police. Emmett’s family told his mother, who was in Chicago, about her son.
5: At his funeral his mother had an open casket so that everyone could see what happened to her son, she even let Jet magazine and Chicago Defender take pictures. Soon the two men were put on trial but found not guilty by an all white male jury. Soon after awareness is raised internationally of the death and the way black people were being treated.