Emmett Till's Death In The 1950s

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The 1950s were full of important achievements for African Americans. The United States Supreme Court had recently declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional in the Brown v. Board of Education case. However, segregation, and racial acts still took place every day. One of the most predominant events that took place in the 1950’s was the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till. Emmett Till’s murder took place before the Civil Rights Movement had fully skyrocketed, his death invigorated the Civil Rights Movement and motivated people like Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. Emmett Till was murdered because of false accusations and for being a black boy in the 1950’s. Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till was born on July 25, 1941 in Chicago. He grew up in a middle-class black neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago. Emmett was the only child of Louis and Mamie Till. Mamie till raised Emmett as a single mother. Emmett never met his father, Louis till was executed during World War II. When Emmett Till was five years old he suffered from polio, because of this he was left with a slight stutter. Emmett was described as a funny guy who always told jokes and loved to laugh and make people laugh. In the summer of 1955, Emmett Till’s uncle, Moses Wright from…show more content…
Milam not guilty after just sixty-seven minutes of deliberation. Later on all the jurors, except for one, admitted to believing Bryant and Milam were actually guilty of murdering Emmett Till. Even though the jurors believed they were guilty the reason they chose to find them not guilty was because but it seemed too harsh to impose life imprisonment or death upon white men for killing a black boy. Bryant and Milam eventually confessed to murdering Emmett Till in a Look magazine article after the magazine paid them $4000. In the article Bryant and Milam describe how they killed
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