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 U. S. Justice Department.

Morgan students wrote commentaries on Emmett Till’s murder and how it resonates today. Read the editorials here.

 

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