This site is dedicated to a greater
understanding of the murder of Emmett Till and to aid scholars and students
in learning and discussing all aspects of the case. Till's abduction and murder in
Mississippi in August 1955, and the subsequent acquittal of his killers the
following month, became not only a national story, but also put southern
racism into the international spotlight. These events became a major force
in the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement. Some would even say they
were the catalyst.
Although the world watched the case unfold, it has now been over fifty-seven years since Emmett
Till was lynched. Unfortunately, I have discovered as I speak about the
case, that far too many people have either forgotten it or have never heard
of it. This unfamiliarity exists even in college classrooms. The aim of this
site is to provide a resource containing the most thorough, accurate, and
up-to-date information that others will find helpful in their
learning, writing, and teaching.
The tragic murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012, has certainly caused reflection in us all, and has sadly reminded us that we have much to learn, even today, from those days in 1955. Trayvon has been called "this generation's Emmett Till" in newspaper and internet stories. Ironically, I arrived in Florida for the first time, ever, the night Trayvon was killed, because I was to speak on the Till case the following morning in Tallahassee.
Note: More book reviews and updated information on the Till case to come shortly.
This webpage was started in October 2004 and is constantly being updated with new content and information—please check back often! The site layout and design will also improve as we dedicate more time to the site.
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