Hannah Wolfe

Name of Event
Emmett Till Murdered

When/Where this event took place
This event took place on August 28th, 1955 in the Tallahatchie River near Money, Mississippi.

Who was involved?
Roy Bryant and J.W Milam are the murderers of Emmett Till.
Hubert Clark and Levy Collins also had something to do with the kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till.
Moses Wright was Emmetts Uncle, who he was staying with at the time of he was kidnapped.

What happened during this event (2-4 sentences)
On August 24th, Emmett Till, his cousin Curtis Jones, and some of his friends went to Bryant's Grocery Store to buy some candy. Some of the boys outside of the store dared Emmett to go talk to Carolyn Bryant, the store clerk, who was white. Till went into the store and bought some candy and as he was leaving he said "Bye Baby" and whistled at Carolyn. Three days passed and nothing happened, but on Sunday morning Roy Bryant and J.W Milam came to Moses Wrights house and kidnapped Emmett Till. Mamie Till was told her son was kidnapped and she put an article in the Chicago Newspaper. Moses told the sheriff and they arrested Bryant and Milam. Three days later Emmetts body was found in the Tallahatchie River. Tills face was so destroyed they could only tell it was him by the ring he was wearing. Tills body was sent to Chicago and Mamie Till decided to have a open casket funeral to show everyone what had happened to her 14 year old son. His right eye was missing, his nose broken, and there was a hole in the side of his head. Fifty-thousand people went to the funeral.


What is the significance of this event on the Civil Rights Movement? (4-5 sentences)
The murder of Emmett Till scared everyone in the world, it made a huge spark in the Civil Rights Movement. It showed how nasty racism was throughtout America and in the World. African Americans knew they were in danger of Whites and that blacks in the South were not safe. Three months after the Emmett Till murder the Montgomery bus boycott.

On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high) how great of an impact do you think this event had on the Civil Rights Movement? (Explain your reasoning in 4-5 sentences)
On a scale from 1 to 10 this event had an impact of about 8 on the Civil Rights Movement. It showed the world how much hatred whites had for blacks in America. It showed people how much torture whites put blacks through for not even doing anything that was that bad. No matter how young the black person was they were still tortured either for just being black or doing something that was not even a big deal. It showed how much rasicm there was in the world.


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14 year old Emmett Till.
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Emmett Till and Mamie Till
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Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam
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Emmett Till laying in his casket after he was murdered.



Sources

http://afroamhistory.about.com/od/emmetttill/a/emmetttill.htm
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/filmmore/index.html
http://www.black-collegian.com/african/till2005-2nd.shtml