In 1955, a 14 year old boy named EmmettTill was brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi. The white men who murdered him killed him for being Black. EmmettTill's mother chose to have an open casket funeral, and show the world what had been done to her son. Despite the killers being acquitted in court, the story of EmmettTill and the jarring images of his funeral shocked the nation and were a vital catalyst in turning the civil rights movement into a nationwide phenomenon.
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VIDEO SOURCES Timothy B. Tyson, The Blood of EmmettTill (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018). Charles Payne, I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle (University of California Press, 2007). Onwuachi-Willig, Angela. “The Trauma of the Routine: Lessons on Cultural Trauma from the EmmettTill Verdict.” Sociological Theory 34, no. 4 (December 2016): 335–57. doi.org/10.1177/0735275116679864. britannica.com/topic/Chicago-Defender nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/emmett-Tills-death-inspired-movement smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/emmett-Tills-casket-goes-to-the-smithsonian-144696940/#:~:text=Till's%20murder%20became%20a%20rallying,African%20American%20History%20and%20Culture. nypl.org/collections/articles-databases/jet-magazine jetmag.com/news/jet-65th-anniversary/ wamu.org/story/18/10/30/let-the-people-see-it-took-courage-to-keep-emmett-Tills-memory-alive/
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