Senate Approves Bill To Posthumously Give Emmett Till And His Mother Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor

Senate Approves Bill To Posthumously Give Emmett Till And His Mother Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor


The United States Senate approved legislation to posthumously grant the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley.

In 1955, Emmett Till — a 14-year-old African-American — was accused of whistling at a white woman at a grocery store in Mississippi. In response, the woman’s husband and brother-in-law kidnapped, tortured, and murdered Till, disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River. In order to draw attention to the injustice enabled by Jim Crow segregation, Mamie Till-Mobley insisted on an open casket funeral.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) — who proposed the legislation to give Till and his mother the nation’s highest civilian honor — celebrated its passage.

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“At the age of 14, Emmett Till was abducted and lynched at the hands of white supremacists. His gruesome

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