Emmett Till anti-lynching act called a victory for his legacy and more than 6,000 others whose lives were taken in the U.S.
Legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime and prevent racist killers from evading justice was introduced more than 200 times but never once passed into law, according to U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush.chicagotribune.com
Federal Officials Close Cold Case Re-Investigation of Murder of Emmett Till
Till’s murder is one of the most infamous acts of racial violence in our country’s history. The department conducted the investigation as part of its Cold Case Initiative and pursuant to the passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act (Till Act). Because there were no federal hate crime statutes at the time of Till’s death, the case was not then opened for federal investigation. In 2004, the department opened an investigation into Till’s murder as part of its Cold Case Initiative, but determined after a thorough review that it lacked jurisdiction to bring federal charges. As such, even if a living suspect could now be identified, a federal prosecution for Till’s abduction and murder would not be possible.justice.gov
January 6 committee postpones deposition for Michael Flynn and Trump's personal assistant
The House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot has postponed depositions for Michael Flynn and a personal assistant to former President Trump. Republican committee member Liz Cheney says public hearings may be held soon. Anthony Adragna, who covers Congress for Politico, joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with more.news.yahoo.com
100th birthday of Mamie Till-Mobley, mother of Emmett Till, marked with creation of new institute at Northwestern
A professor at Medill along with several surviving members of the Till family announced the creation of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Institute at Northwestern University aimed at carrying on Till-Mobley’s educational activism.chicagotribune.com
Emmett Till's home designated as a Chicago landmark
Chicago's city council voted Wednesday to designate the home where Emmett Till lived before his brutal death as a landmark. The Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley House, located in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood, will now be converted into a museum. The former home of Emmett Till at 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave., in Chicago, seen on Nov. 9, 2017. Decades later, Bryant recanted her claims, according to author Tim Tyson, who interviewed her for his book "The Blood of Emmett Till." "We are hopeful that this Chicago Landmark Designation of the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley House will serve as a monument to the Till Family," Miller said.cbsnews.com
Emmett Till’s Chicago home granted city landmark status
The South Side home of Emmett Till and his mother — where the boy was living when he was tortured and murdered during a 1955 trip to Mississippi — was granted city landmark status by the City Council on Wednesday as a group seeks to turn it into a museum.chicagotribune.com
In South, most Black Senate candidates since Reconstruction
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison speaks at a campaign rally on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)COLUMBIA, S.C. – In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate this year, the Deep South is fielding more Black candidates than it has since Reconstruction. Mike Espy and Adrian Perkins, meanwhile, are launching spirited bids for the Senate in Mississippi and Louisiana, respectively. The Senate currently has three Black members: Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina and Democrats Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California. “The more competitive races are, and Black candidates win those competitive races, it diminishes this worry that Black candidates can’t win,” Abrams recently told The Associated Press. In Mississippi, Espy is trying for a second time to become the state’s first Black senator since Reconstruction with his challenge to Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith.
Senators seek highest civilian honor for Till and his mother
WASHINGTON – Congress should give the nation’s highest civilian honor posthumously to Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, a Republican and a Democratic senator said Wednesday. She remained a Civil Rights activist in honor of her slain son for the rest of her life. Till-Mobley created the Emmett Till Players, where teenagers traveled throughout the country presenting the speeches of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She also was one of the founders of the Emmett Till Justice Campaign, which pushed for the re-investigation of Till's murder. President George W. Bush signed the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act, which allows cold civil rights cases to be reopened, into law in 2008.
"The Power of August"
"The Power of August" "The Power of August" looks back at transformational moments in American civil rights history that happened in the month of August. Anchored by Maurice DuBois, "The Power of August" is comprised of four acts, each told in eight minutes and 46 seconds — the approximate duration of time a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on George Floyd's neck. Each act explores stories of powerful and historic August events, beginning with Emmett Till's murder, then the March on Washington, Ferguson and the power of the vote in 2020.cbsnews.com
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Emmett Till relative who preserved lynching victims legacy, dies at 50
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, a relative of Emmett Till who spent her life educating others about the black teenage lynching victims legacy through her foundation, has died at her home in Chicago. She had kidney problems for decades, including two transplants, according to her mother, Ollie Gordon, who was Tills cousin. In 2009, Gordon-Taylor named her foundation after Tills mother, calling it the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation. Tills death helped energize the civil rights movement. Gordon-Taylors work included youth empowerment, such as teaching young people oratory skills, and civil rights issues.latimes.com
Donations surge for Emmett Till memorial after white nationalists caught filming video
Donations have poured in for a memorial dedicated to Emmett Till in Mississippi after white supremacists were caught filming a propaganda video in front of the monument over the weekend. Patrick Weems, executive director at the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, told CBS News on Monday that the non-profit has received more than $10,000 since the incident on Saturday. White supremacist group at Emmett Till marker A white supremacist group visited our Emmett Till historic marker, dedicated just weeks ago, today. Following the incident, the Emmett Till Interpretive Center thanked them for "reminding us why this work matters" and asked people for donations. Weems told CBS News that they received more than $10,000, which will go toward the Emmett Till Memory Project.cbsnews.com
Mississippi Emmett Till memorial sign protected by bulletproof glass
Allan Hammons via CNNSUMNER, Mississippi (CNN) - A memorial sign marking Emmett Till's death that was riddled with bullet holes earlier this year was rededicated Saturday -- this time with bulletproof glass. Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said more than 100 people, including members of Till's family from Chicago, attended a ceremony near Sumner, Mississippi, rededicating the new and improved sign. Weems said the sign, which cost more than $10,000, weighs more than 500 pounds and is surrounded by security cameras. The sign appeared to be riddled with bullet holes in the photo, which was first published by the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica. When the marker was replaced, it was riddled with bullet holes.
Bulletproof Emmett Till marker dedicated Saturday replaces vandalized sign
A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized. Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said the new marker was dedicated Saturday. This image from the Emmett Till Interpretive Center shows the vandalized historical marker in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. Emmett Till Interpretive CenterThe new 500-pound steel sign has a glass bulletproof front, Weems said. "For 50 years nobody talked about Emmett Till," Weems said.cbsnews.com
New Emmett Till marker dedicated to replace vandalized sign
A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized. The 14-year-old African American teen was kidnapped, beaten and killed in 1955, hours after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said the new marker was dedicated Saturday. This is the fourth historical marker at the site. "For 50 years nobody talked about Emmett Till," Weems said.chicagotribune.com
New Emmett Till memorial will be bulletproof
Three University of Mississippi students were suspended from their fraternity after a photo showing them posing with guns in front of a sign memorializing Emmett Till surfaced. (CNN) - A bullet-riddled memorial sign for Emmett Till at the center of a photo showing three white University of Mississippi students posing with guns is now gone. Patrick Weems, the executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said the group began to mark every site that was part of Emmett's story after community leaders offered his family an apology for the first time about 10 years ago. "For 50 years our community didn't want to talk about Emmett Till, they just wanted to forget it," Weems said. "That Emmett Till did not die in vain.
Ebony and Jet photo archive sale sparks relief, anxiety
The sale of the photo archive of Ebony and Jet magazines chronicling African American history is generating relief among some who worried the historic images may be lost. Ebony and Jet, for more than half a century, stood as the epitome of a black-owned business. "You have to do what you have to do," Roy Douglas Malonson, publisher of the Houston-based African American News & Issues newspaper, said. The Smithsonian is expected to be the public steward of what is considered one of the most significant collections of photographs cataloguing African American life. "My uncle, bless his heart, had around 30 to 40 years' worth of Jet magazines," she said.chicagotribune.com
Tree planted on Capitol Hill commemorates Emmett Till
Tree planted on Capitol Hill commemorates Emmett Till Chicago teen Emmett Till was brutally killed in 1955 for whistling at a white woman – an event that helped spur the nation's civil rights movement. Till is now being memorialized on Capitol Hill.cbsnews.com