The Murder of Emmett Till: Winona State University Discussion

Winona State University Spring 2017 Co-Curricular Programming

Winona State University

The Murder of Emmitt Till – Viewing & Discussion
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
SLC 120
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Sponsored by: The Inclusion and Diversity, the K.E.A.P. Diversity Resource Center & Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
Free & Open to the Public

In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old black boy whistled at a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, who was from Chicago, didn’t understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including a detailed account of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and trial horrified the nation and the world. Till’s death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.

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