Emmett Till

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Cousin Who Saw Emmett Till Taken Before He Was Lynched Dies

Simeon Wright was 74

(Newser) - "They had come for Bobo," the Clarion-Ledger quotes Simeon Wright as writing in his memoir. "No begging, pleading, or payment was going to stop them." Wright, cousin of Emmett Till, died Monday in Illinois at the age of 74 following a battle with cancer, the Chicago ... More »

LeBron Responds to Racist Vandalism

'Being black in America is tough'

(Newser) - "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are ... being black in America is tough," LeBron James said Wednesday in his first public comments since his Los Angeles home was vandalized with a racial slur . The Cleveland Cavaliers star told reporters his family was... More »

Why Non-White Artists Want Emmett Till Painting Destroyed

'Open Casket' is being called a 'mockery' and an 'injustice'

(Newser) - A painting featured in the Whitney Biennial, which opened last Friday in New York, is proving so controversial that not only is it sparking protests but fellow artists are outright calling for its destruction, the Guardian reports. The painting, Open Casket by Dana Schutz, is a depiction of Emmett Till'... More »

Shock Revelation From Woman Who Sealed Emmett Till's Fate

Author Timothy Tyson says Carolyn Bryant admitted to making up parts of her story

(Newser) - When 14-year-old Emmett Till walked into a Mississippi store in August 1955, the black teen had no clue that his entrance would lead to his untimely death. And little did anyone in 2017 anticipate that, decades later, the white woman whose words sealed his fate would partly recant her explosive... More »

Emmett Till Memorial Sign Marred by 'So Much Hatred'

But fundraiser hits goal to replace Mississippi marker riddled by bullets

(Newser) - A bullet-riddled sign marking the spot where the tortured and mutilated body of 14-year-old Emmett Till was found in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River 61 years ago will be replaced thanks to the generosity of donors. An Emmett Till Interpretive Center fundraising challenge surpassed its $15,000 goal Sunday evening, the... More »

Courageous Emmett Till Witness Dead at 76

Willie Louis testified about what he had heard

(Newser) - A man who was witness to Emmett Till's screams and refused to stay quiet about it died last week, reports the Chicago Sun-Times , which takes a look at the courageous Willie Louis. Louis was 76. He was a key witness at the historic trial, in which an all-white jury... More »

Book Renews Calls to Reopen Malcolm X Case

Author brings fresh scrutiny, suggests real killers went free

(Newser) - Calls to reopen the investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X are gaining momentum thanks to a new best-selling biography, reports the New York Times . In Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, now-deceased Columbia professor Manning Marable revisits the long-held assumption that authorities botched the case , arguing that two of... More »

Babies' Graves Vanish From Ill. Cemetery

(Newser) - Police declared the whole of Burr Oak cemetery in the Chicago suburbs to be a crime scene last night, after hundreds of families reported empty or missing graves, including an entire section of the cemetery called Babyland, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Relatives will be barred from the site for about... More »

Emmett Till's Casket Found 'Rusted, Battered'

Locals search for loved ones' graves at desecrated cemetery

(Newser) - As Chicagoans mourned the desecration of a historic cemetery, the casket of civil rights icon Emmett Till was found rusted in a shack amid garbage and gravestones, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “When we opened it up trying to find what we have, a family of possums ran out,”... More »

Museum Shooter Charged With Murder

Slain guard opened door as courtesy to von Brunn, 88

(Newser) - The suspect in yesterday’s Holocaust Museum shooting has been charged with murder, the AP reports, and could face the death penalty; hate-crime charges are also possible. Slain security guard Stephen Johns was opening the door for James von Brunn when the 88-year-old fatally shot him, CNN adds; guards fired... More »

Senate OKs Civil Rights-Era Cold-Case Unit

Bill would give Justice Department $10M a year to examine killings

(Newser) - The US Senate unanimously passed a bill that would open a Justice Department unit to re-examine civil-rights era killings that have gone unpunished, the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reports. The Emmett Till Act, named after the Chicago teen whose murderers confessed publicly, has also passed the House and will be... More »

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