Who was Emmett up to? – the new York Times
What was the Emmett Till Generation?
Black Americans who grew up in the 1950s organized nearly all of the mass gatherings, picketings, and marches that fueled the civil rights movement, calling themselves the “Emmett Till Generation”.
“I realized it could so easily be a story about me or my brother,” Muhammad Ali said.
Georgia Representative John Lewis wrote that he was “deeply shaken” by Emmett’s death. As Illinois Representative Bobby L. Rush, who was 9 years old and was living in the Deep South at the time of the murder.
“When Emmett Till’s funeral photo popped up in Jet magazine, I’ll never forget how my mom gathered us around the living room coffee table, put the magazine in the middle, pointed to her, and said , ‘That’s why I brought my Albany, Ga.,’ he said in an interview. “That picture shaped my consciousness as a black man in America. My way of life would not have been the same if I had not, in my childhood, been aware of the horrors of the picture.”
Were his killers ever held accountable?
No. In May 2004, the FBI launched an investigation to see if others were involved, and Emmett’s body was later exhumed for an autopsy, which had not previously been performed. In 2007, a state grand jury in Mississippi declined to indict anyone else.
Mr Bryant, who served time in prison for food stamp fraud, died in 1994. Mr Milam also served time in prison for using a stolen credit card and, in a separate case, assault and battery. He died in 1980.
What about Carolyn Bryant?
Local officials had initially issued a warrant for the arrest of Bryant on kidnapping charges, but it was never executed. A grand jury in Greenwood, Miss., declined to indict him in 2007.
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