In 1955, a 14-year-old African American teenager was brutally murdered by white men while visiting relatives in Mississippi. His name was Emmett Till. His murder and the subsequent trial of his accused killers became a lightning rod for moral outrage, both at the time and to this day. The case was not just about the murder of a teenage boy. It was also about a new generation of young people committing their lives to social change. As historian Robin Kelley states, The Emmett Till case was a spark for a new generation to commit their lives to social change. They said, "We're not gonna die like this. Instead, we're gonna live and transform the South so people won't have to die like this." And if anything, if any event of the 1950s inspired young people to be committed to that kind of change, it was the lynching of Emmett Till.
A Pivotal Moment in the Civil Rights Movement | Facing History and Ourselves
I'm glad that AL has cleared their names. It's nice for the heirs.
I don't really like this topic.
It's a nice but ultimately symbolic and nearly worthless gesture. They shouldn't have gotten a pardon. They should have been EXONERATED of any and all crimes. However, I'm sure they didn't because racism apologists would have seen this as some sort of reparations, AA treatment.
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