A book, “Remembering Emmett Till,” takes readers back to that tragic day in Mississippi. While young and naive, Emmett Till longed to go south to visit family. The country was dominated by cotton, which fueled war, commerce, and suffering. By the time Emmett Till was killed, the cotton industry was on a downward spiral. It was only a matter of time before the world’s attention turned to this young black man and his family.

The Mississippi Delta is dotted with memorials honoring the civil rights movement, but none is quite as chilling as the Emmett Till memorial. Till was murdered in 1955 and became an iconic symbol for the struggle for racial equality. His death, and the subsequent memorials, have been fraught with controversy and politics from the start. They reveal the currents of racism, patronage, and controversy that have characterized the civil rights movement for so long.

The story of Till’s death stretches back to the early 1950s, and his family and friends were not spared. Till was 14 years old when he was killed. The murder was widely covered in the national press, but the tragedy of the young boy made it a national focal point. His gruesome picture in  Jet magazine became a cultural touchstone and eventually, the movement of young people began to mobilize.

The murder of Emmett was a tragic story that was distorted by the actions of several white men. The FBI reopened the case in 2004 to determine if the federal government was involved. Due to the civil rights movement, the department of Justice investigated numerous cold cases. The hope was to uncover new evidence in cases of other murders. But until the case of Till was solved, the story will remain incomplete. And there’s no doubt that the treatment he suffered was not justice.

The trial of the three white men accused of murdering Emmett Till was a hugely controversial event. Despite the fact that the trial occurred in the town of Sumner, the city was besieged by reporters from across the country. It was called the “first great media event of the civil rights movement.”

Till was kidnapped in Mississippi, beaten and shot in the head. He was then dumped into the bayou, where he was later found, weighed down by a heavy industrial fan from a cotton gin. Initially, his story begins in Bryant’s Grocery, which has since become overgrown with trees and vines.

There have been recent events that are leading to pressure being applied to the Justice Department to prosecuting the woman that falsely accused Till of inappropriate behavior, which led to him being murdered. Learn more from the video below.

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