Topic: The murder case of Emmett Till
Purpose: To inform the audience about how horrific Emmett’s murder was and how the case itself served as injustice. Intro: Imagine living in the time where Jim Crow laws were at its peak. Just think, not being able to hold the door open for a lady who has hand full of groceries or even communicating with the opposite race. Imagine being a 14 year-old black male at this time. For those of you who don’t know what it’s like to be black in those days, it was pretty tough. I’m not here to speak to you about Jim Crow and its stupidity, but more a young man whose life was completely changed after what was a visit to his uncle’s house for a summer vacation. I. Emmett Till
a. Born on the Southside of Chicago, Illinois (North) on July 25, 1941. b. 14 year-old African American male
c. At five, he contracted polio which made him stutter i. At 14, he had finished 8th grade and was known around town as “BoBo”. ii. He was a jokester and was known for making people laugh. Transition: Let me take you down south to Money, Mississippi where Emmett and his friends were visiting his uncle Mose for the summer vacation. II. Money, Mississippi
d. Emmett and his cousins were visiting his uncle in Money, Mississippi for the summer vacation. On August 21, Emmett and his “gang” arrived in Money, Mississippi. e. Emmett and his cousins were picking cotton that Monday morning. That following Wednesday, with the few pennies that they made, they decided to go to Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market to purchases candy, soda pops, bubble gum, etc. (You know the usual a teenager would buy with his pennies.) f. By Emmett being from up North, he didn’t have a clue about Jim Crow and its laws. g. Emmett placed the money he had for the purchase into Mrs. Bryant’s hand, rather it being laid on the counter. h. When Mrs. Bryant followed Emmett outside, he made a whistle at her....
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