If there was ever an inverse example of a Confederate monument, it might be the Lorraine, the Memphis motel where Martin Luther King, the most famous leader of the civil rights movement, was struck down on a balcony. Or maybe it is the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham, Ala., house of worship where four girls…
If you drive along Mississippi’s Tallahatchie river, you might encounter a purple sign at Graball Landing. The marker was erected in 2013 to commemorate the spot where 15-year-old Emmett Till’s body was recovered. For the third time in its short history, the sign has been vandalized—riddled with bullet holes once…
Here’s the thing about justice: it’s rare that people of color ever get to see it in action because it usually doesn’t work in our favor. What’s even more frustrating and disheartening is when said justice comes over 60 years later and everyone involved, but one person, is dead.
Updated, Saturday, July 14, 2018, 12:23 p.m. EST: The author of the explosive Emmett Till biography that revealed that a key witness in the case falsely indicted the child to death via her lies, says that he received a call from the FBI weeks after the book was published.
Just hours after Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, his publicists were busy making the media rounds. Publicist Andrew Wyatt called his recent guilty verdict a “public lynching,” and publicist Ebonee Benson invoked the story of Emmett Till—whose accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham,…
Simeon Booker, who for 50 years was Washington bureau chief for Jet and Ebony magazines and at age 99 the dean of black journalists, died Sunday at an assisted-living community in Solomons, Md. He had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia, said his wife, Carol McCabe Booker, Emily Langer reported for the Washington…
Simeon Booker, the trailblazing black journalist known for detailing African-American life in Ebony and Jet magazines, died Sunday at the age of 99 in an assisted-living community in Maryland.
It’s one of the oldest tricks in The Big Book of Racism: When in doubt, blame a black guy.
Simeon Wright, the cousin of Emmett Till who witnessed Emmett’s kidnapping and was the last to see Emmett alive, died Monday morning in his home in Countryside, Ill., at the age of 74.
Emmett Till would have turned 76 today, July 25, had a white woman not lied on him.
A group of high school students on a social justice jaunt across the country helped to restore dignity to a defaced Emmett Till memorial after they came across it in Money, Miss., last week.
A historical marker created in Mississippi to memorialize and educate the public about the 1955 kidnapping and lynching death of 14-year-old Emmett Till was destroyed by vandals who obliterated all visible information about the death that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.
Last Friday, an unsurprising but still disturbing announcement reverberated across the internet. A jury in Minnesota acquitted former police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges associated with the shooting death of Philando Castile. The announcement of the acquittal was kind of like being reminded of a slightly…
The investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till may once again be reopened by the U.S. Department of Justice, with the news coming just a week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed his support for pursuing and prosecuting those involved in the killing who went unpunished.
Emmett Till’s family members met privately with Jeff Sessions, head of the U.S. Department of Justice, to ask him for ... well ... justice.
Sigh ... must we go over this again, white people?
Explaining racism is hard. When you’re illustrating the complexities of racial prejudice in America, it is difficult to bridge the gap between understanding and skepticism in a populace pretending to listen with its arms folded, ready to dismiss any reasonable, salient point that demonstrates the existence of…
Relatives of Emmett Till—the 14-year-old Chicago boy who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955, triggering the civil rights movement—are asking for the teen’s case to be reinvestigated after a key witness admitted to lying about the teen’s alleged words and actions before his brutal murder.
We all (should) know the story of Emmett Till, the black 14-year-old Chicago boy who was murdered in August 1955 by two white men, J.W. Milam and his half-brother Roy Bryant.
A fundraiser started to replace a memorial sign marking the place where Emmett Till's brutalized body was discovered in Mississippi's Tallahatchie River in 1955 has exceeded its $15,000 goal, the New York Daily News reports.