Picture of Emmett Till

 

Picture of Emmett Till

 

This gruesome photo of Emmett Till helped spark the civil rights movement. It demonstrated the brutality of southern violence towards African-Americans, and created outrage across the nation. Emmett's mother, Mamie, insisted at his funeral that he be given an open-casket, so others could see what they had done to her boy.

Courtesy of the Chicago Defender

Emmett Till