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Emmett Till: new memorial to murdered teen is bulletproof | The Guardian

A new memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated on Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized. The new marker is bulletproof. Till, 14, was kidnapped, beaten and killed in 1955, hours after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. His body was found in a river days later. An all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted two white men of murder charges. The brutal killing helped spur the civil rights movement. Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said the new marker was dedicated on Saturday. Members of Till’s family, including a cousin who […]

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Willie Reed, who risked his life to testify in the Emmett Till murder trial, dies at 76 | The Washington Post

Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young black man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet pickup truck. Mr. Reed, an African American sharecropper, risked his life at 18 to appear as a surprise witness in the prosecution of the white men accused of the crime. He became the momentary hero of the Till trial, an […]

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Emmett Till’s Cousin On Reopening Of Case: ‘An Opportunity For The Truth To Be Told’ | NPR "It's unfortunate that people have moved through their age and have had the ability to live their lives fully without coming forward or being held accountable."

“It’s unfortunate that people have moved through their age and have had the ability to live their lives fully without coming forward or being held accountable.”

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“What Does It Mean to Be Black and Look at This?” A Scholar Reflects on the Dana Schutz Controversy – Hyperallergic Christina Sharpe says the issue at the heart of the dispute over the Emmett Till painting is not representation so much as intimacy and our relationship to violence.

Christina Sharpe says the issue at the heart of the dispute over the Emmett Till painting is not representation so much as intimacy and our relationship to violence.

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