The Young Civil Rights Activists Who Said His Name
Had he lived this long, he would have turned 80 years old last month.
But Emmett Till barely made it to 14.
Till, an African-American from Chicago, was lynched while visiting relatives in Mississippi on August 28th, 1955 - after he was accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store.
In the years that followed, African-American children who personally felt the impact of Till’s murder would become activists in the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Robert H. Mayer shares their stories in his upcoming book, “In The Name of Emmett Till: How the Children of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle Showed Us Tomorrow” - published next month by NewSouth Books.
Robert spoke to us from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.