Today in history: August 28, 1955 - Emmett Till brutally murdered in Mississippi, in what proved to be a pivotal moment in the development of the Black freedom movement.
Till was a 14 year old African-American boy who was tortured and murdered by white supremacists after allegedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, visiting his relatives in the Mississippi Delta region. His killers were acquitted and then afterwards admitted they had killed him. The case struck a deep chord among Black people and focused the whole country’s attention on the brutal white supremacy that still reigned in the Deep South. Eight years later the historic 1963 March on Washington was held on August 28, the date of Emmett Till’s murder.
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