Emmett Till was born in Chicago on July 25th 1941 (“Emmett Till”, 2014). Emmett Till was the son of Louis and Mamie Till, who divorced a year after Emmett’s birth. Emmett grew to be a strong willed, educated, and comical young man. Emmett’s father died in World War II leaving Emmett’s mother alone to raise him singularly in 1945, when Emmett was only four years old. The only item that was salvaged from Louis Till was a ring with the engraving L.T., which was given to Emmett’s mother and kept as a reminder of her ex-husband. (“Timeline”, n.d.)
Emmett Till attended a segregated elementary school but after The Supreme Court ruling in the case of Brown v. The Board of Education on May 17th 1954, became a member of a desegregated community and school in Chicago (“Timeline”, n.d.). The case forced all public schools to desegregate which counteracted the separate but e...
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(2004, June 01). Reopened investigation into the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. Retrieved from Federal Bureau of Investigation website: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2004/june/till060104
(n.d.) Timeline: The murder of Emmett Till. Retrieved from The Murder of Emmett Till website: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/timeline/index.html
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