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Emmett Till and the Jim Crow Laws
His murder motivated an event called the African-American Civil Right Movement. His name was Emmett Louis Till, also known as “Bobo” and was only fourteen years old. He moved from Chicago, Illinois to Mississippi to visit some of his relatives. Just one moment would change this boy’s life forever. Emmett and his cousins walked into a retail store, he then whistles at a white woman behind the counter named Corolyn Bryant. She was upset by this gesture, and goes home to tell her husband Roy. Very upset Roy tags along his half-brother J. W. Milam, and take Emmett from his uncle’s home. The took him to a barn, beat him, and gouged out an eye of Emmett’s just before shooting him through the head, and disposing of the body in the Tallahatchie river. Emmett was beaten so severely no one could recognize him Mamie was only able to recognize Emmett from a single ring she had given him.

Devasted learning her only child had been murdered, Mamie decided she would have a public funeral service along with an open casket, to show the world the brutality of her son’s murder. Note these two men Roy and J.W, were acquitted of murder and kidnapping, even though admitting they did murder Emmett. Soon after his death is when the Jim Crow Laws came into action. Separate but equal is what they were supposed to mean. Equal to me means the same, these laws did not treat African Americans the same as whites. Blacks and whites could not eat together. Not allowing a black male to offer a white female a hand or any other body part, because he could risk being accused of rape. not even offer to light a cigarette for a white woman. Those are just common friendly gestures in our world now. A black man could not even kiss his wife in public, because it offended the whites. If a Black man rode in a car accompanied by a white person, the black male had to ride in the back seat, or the back of a truck. Blacks

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