Summary Of The Emmett Till Trial

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Summary: On August 20th 1955 the 14 year old from Chicago, Emmett Till went to Mississippi to visit some of his family for the summer. He arrived in Mississippi a day later (August 21st) and stayed with his uncle Moses Wright. After a long day of picking cotton Emmett and other kids went to Bryant's Grocery & Meat Market. The market was owned by a white couple named Roy and Carolyn Bryant. Some kids said they heard Emmett "wolf-whistle" at Carolyn Bryant. Word got back to Roy Bryant and he was looking for Emmett Till. On August 28th Roy and his half brother J.W. Milam kidnapped Emmett Till and brutally beat him to death then threw him into the Tallahatchie River. Both Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were arrested on kidnapping charges in connection to the Emmett Till's disapperance. August 31st Emmett Till's body was found in the Tallahatchie River and was identified by his uncle. Emmett was buried on September 6th, the same day a grand jury indicts Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. They both plead innocent. The trial began on September 19th. Both black & white women were banned from serving. It ended up being an all white men jury. On September 23rd Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were ruled not guilty by the jury. …show more content…

Civil Rights means the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. The Emmett Till trial had a huge effect on the African American Civil Rights activist. They felt as though after seeing a young african american boy beaten to death, that proved that not even kids were safe in the south. Civil Rights activist just wanted for all African Americans to be

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