Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in "August 1955 in a racist attack that shocked the nation and provided catalyst for the emerging civil rights movement. A Chicago native, Till was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, when he was accused of harassing a local white woman. Several days later, relatives of the woman abducted Till, brutally beating and killing him before disposing of his body in a nearby river. Till's devastated mother insisted on a public, open-casket funeral for her son to shed light on the violence inflicted on blacks in the South. Till's murderers were acquitted, but his death galvanized civil rights activists nationwide." (History.com, Dec 2, 2009)
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