The year 2020 will go down as a pivotal moment in the fight against racial injustice and the ever-present importance of Black lives in America and across the globe, just as decades ago significant changes began to arise. On this day 65 years ago Emmett Till, just 14, was unjustly murdered and the Civil Rights Movement became galvanized as never before, and the pain Black America endured then, unfortunately, persists today.
The story of Till’s death has been told on these pages many times before, so we suggest you reference those past posts to update yourselves on the history of the tragic event. If preferred, the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation is also an excellent resource.
Via Twitter, several users on the platform shared their thoughts and perspectives regarding Till and his looming legacy in connection with the movement of his era, and that of today with Black Lives Matter and all progressive groups fighting for all Black lives.
We’ve got those reactions below.
65 Years Ago, Emmett Till’s Murder Ignited Fire Within The Civil Rights Movement was originally published on hiphopwired.com
If America was not A racist country Emmett Till would be celebrating his 79th birthday today.— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 28, 2020
August 28, 1955 — Emmett Till (14) kidnapped and lynched in Mississippi. pic.twitter.com/5lSY81HVxZ— MoorInfo (@MoorInformation) August 28, 2020
Emmett Till was abducted and brutally murdered on this day in 1955. He was only 14.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 28, 2020
To this day, lynching is still not considered a federal hate crime. Our country must work to confront this dark, shameful part of our nation’s history and right this wrong.
A reminder that today, 65 years after the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till, Congress has still not passed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Bill, all because of Senator Rand Paul. https://t.co/G4x1YHhuQU— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) August 28, 2020
Let the people see.— Joe Madison (@MadisonSiriusXM) August 28, 2020
Racial violence, injustice and hate must be witnessed so it cannot be ignored.
On this day in 1955, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam violently abducted 14-year-old Emmett Till in the middle of the night, then lynched him. pic.twitter.com/dPe6TMgsRk
At 14 years old, Emmett Till was abducted, beaten & lynched by white supremacists—only 65 yrs ago.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) August 28, 2020
There are still sitting U.S. Senators who don’t think lynching should be a federal crime.
We must uproot the systemic racism that killed Emmett & kills Black Americans every day.
These words, these words, these words from Jacob Blake’s sister. The soul of this nation is sick.— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 25, 2020
“It happened to Emmett Till. Emmett Till is my family.”
Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the lynching of Emmett Till. pic.twitter.com/LNP4sm9hfx
On this day in 1955, two white men abducted and murdered a 14-year-old Black boy named Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi. To overcome racial inequality, we must confront our history. Share this #racialinjustice https://t.co/i42tiT2xbm— Equal Justice Initiative (@eji_org) August 28, 2020
Emmett Till's murder is one of the worst moments in our history. But let's be clear: The racism and violence that shrouds his story still exist today. We have to keep fighting until we've dismantled systemic racism and white supremacy in every aspect of our economy and society.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 28, 2020
We stand with those who refuse to accept the status quo. The WNBA, NBA, and all of those who will not tolerate another Jacob Blake. Another Emmett Till. We must do better — lives depend on it.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 28, 2020
We remember Emmett Till. July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955 #EmmettTill ❤️ on this day, 65 years ago, he was brutally murdered after being accused of flirting with a white woman. YEARS later, she recanted her story & said he never touched, threatened, or harassed her. he was 14. pic.twitter.com/qxrzyZhKSm— Alaysha 🦋 (@ANGShots) August 28, 2020
On this date in 1955, Emmett Till was killed .— FRÉ$H 🇧🇸🇭🇹 (@Prince_BOS) August 28, 2020
Also on this date in 1963 MLK Jr. Delivers his I have a dream speech
Gone, never forgotten 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/ggtG2iJ0id
In this 65th year since Emmett Till was lynched:— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) August 28, 2020
Jacob Blake is laying paralyzed and handcuffed to his hospital bed with 7 bullet holes in his back.
Breonna Taylor went to bed and never woke up.
George Floyd called out for his mother.
We all have so much work left to do.