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Michael Brown

Recalling Emmett Till in Mike Brown’s Time

A carefree 14-year-old Chicago boy named Emmett Till was kidnapped by white men, brutally beaten, shot and tossed into a river on Aug. 28, 1955, while visiting relatives in Mississippi. His killers were not brought to justice despite demands from outraged blacks and other decent people all over the United States and abroad. That outrage helped spark the modern civil rights movement. On Aug. 9, 2014, a carefree 18-year-old named Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The outrage from that incident has led to protests across the country and an investigation by the […]

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Revisitng the Past

I don’t like to revisit the past. When I first entered Morgan State, I was nervous about taking any black history or black media classes because I knew that if I took the class, we would revisit emotionally heavy moments in black history. During my second semester at Morgan, I took a black media course and my worst fear came to be when my instructor included Emmett Till’s murder in one of her lessons. Emmett Till’s murder is one of the most brutal and heartbreaking events that I have ever read about. I know that there are other murders in […]

From “Crime” to Commonplace: The Evolution of Interracial Relationships

It is amazing how in the 1940’s if a man or woman wanted to date outside their race, it was highly frowned upon. Many were disowned from their families and some of them were killed. Now there are 9 million bi-racial people living in America, according to the census in 2013. Somebody must have been dating outside their race. Emmett Till is a prime example of how backwards the country was; and the 9 million bi-racial people show how far we have come. In 1955, Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African American child from Chicago. He went down to Mississippi […]

Unite For a Better Future

Emmett Till was a child who was murdered by two hate- filled white men. His life became a sad lesson for Americans to learn. His murder in 1955 made it clear that it was time for black people in America to fight for justice and equality. Things may not have changed overnight for African Americans, but they have changed. The criminals killing our children are changing. Black-on-black murder is at an all-time high. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, there were 6,329 black people murdered in 2011 and 2,247 of black homicides were committed by other […]

Emmett Till’s Mother May Have Known Best

Emmett Till’s mother should not have allowed Emmett to travel to Mississippi. Mamie Till surely did not want Emmett to leave home, but like any other young persistent child, Emmett insisted. And of course, any mother who thinks of her child as her pride and joy would want to give him the world. That is exactly what happened in this case. With what was supposed to be a wonderful trip for Emmett, who knew that this trip to Mississippi would be Emmett’s last? Emmett was said to be a child who needed structure in his life; a child who took […]