As part of your schedule, President Joe Biden plans to establish a national monument to honor Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955.
Said incident was due to the fact that the 14-year-old boy was accused of whistling at a white woman and his mother, in Mississippi.
According to CNN, A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that the nation’s president will sign a proclamation to create the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument. at three sites in Illinois and Mississippi.
And it is that Tuesday marks one more anniversary of the birth of Emmett Till, in 1941.
In this sense, the purpose of the monument is to protect places considered pivotal in the story of the life and death of a victim whose white murderers were acquittedan action that prompted the activism of Till’s mother.
In fact, at the time and at the insistence of the African-American woman, her son’s coffin was opened to show the world what they did to Emmett Tillwhich was also spread by Jet magazine through the publication of some photos of the mutilated boy’s body.
Such actions helped fuel the Civil Rights Movement. that African-American citizens enjoy today.
For this reason, Biden contemplates paying tribute not only to the murdered young man but to the community that was segregated for many years.
“The new memorial will protect sites that tell the story of Emmett Till’s too-short life and his racially motivated murder, the wrongful acquittal of his killers, and the activism of his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who bravely brought the world’s attention to the brutal injustices and racism of the time, catalyzing the civil rights movement,” the anonymous insider told CNN.
This way, Emmett Till memorials are expected to be placed at three different sites.
The first would be located at the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago, It was there that the young man’s mother held his funeral with an open coffin.
At Graball Landing, in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, where Till’s body is believed to have been pulled from the Tallahatchie River, a second memorial would be located.
And the third would be mounted at the Tallahatchie County Second District Court in Sumner, Mississippi.where the murderers of the African American were acquitted,
Before being assassinated in August 1955, Emmett Till was visiting relatives’ home in Mississippi. and then having pointed him out for disrespecting a white woman who was traveling in the company of her mother he was kidnapped, brutally beaten and even shot by Roy Bryant and JW Milam, two white men who were found acquitted by a jury of the charges brought against them.
Source: La Opinion