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Record: Murder of Emmett Till


Murder of Emmett Till

Video Call Number: Location:
DVD 36 Biddle Law Library

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PBS Video

Year: Running Time: Format:
2003 1:00 DVD


The shameful, sadistic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a black boy who whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, was a powerful catalyst for the civil rights movement. Although Tills killers were apprehended, they were quickly acquitted by an all-white, all-male jury and proceeded to sell their story to a journalist, providing grisly details of the murder. Three months after Tills body was recovered, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began.


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