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Emmett Till

Emmett Till's Family Wants His Murder Case Reopened

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 02.09.2017 | Black Voices

It took more than six decades for the lie that led to Emmett Till’s lynching to be exposed. Now, Till’s family is calling for his case to be reope...

Emmett Till's Accuser Admits She Lied About Claims That Led To His Murder

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.30.2017 | Black Voices

The woman who accused 14-year-old Emmet Till of flirting with her in 1955 revealed for the first time that those claims were fabricated. Vanity Fair ...

Emmett Till Sign In Mississippi Vandalized By Dozens Of Bullets

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 10.21.2016 | Black Voices

A memorial sign dedicated to commemorating the murder of Emmett Till has been vandalized in Money, Mississippi. The sign, marking the spot where Till...

It's Called "Battered Race Syndrome." Or, Something Like That

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

We are ridiculed for being angry We are pressured to quietly pacify our pain We are mocked for feeling victimized We are urged to 'forgive' in the fac...

Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter Connected by White Silence of Black Death

Dave Stieber | Posted 08.05.2016 | Black Voices
Dave Stieber

The Black Lives Matter Movement started after the acquittal of George Zimmerman who murdered Trayvon Martin. The Civil Rights Movement gained momentum...

With A New Emmett Till Bill, Senate Says Black Lives Matter

Chris Benson | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Chris Benson

Approved by unanimous consent--as in full-body, bipartisan support--the new measure would extend the life of the 2008 Emmett Till Act that has provided $10 million a year to fund FBI investigations of cold cases of civil rights era murders. That original law is set to expire after next year.

Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 09.13.2016 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case

On the 'A' w/Souleo: New Book Positions Obama, Trayvon Martin, and Diana Ross as 'Racial Icons'

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 07.22.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Nicole R. Fleetwood calls her latest book On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination, "an act of love." But readers may end up referring to it as tough love.

Mississippi Town Erects Emmett Till Museum 60 Years After His Killing

Reuters | Bryn Stole | Posted 03.22.2015 | Black Voices

(Reuters) - Six decades after the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy, the small Mississippi Delta town where two white men were ac...

Student Lives Matter

Ronnie Reese | Posted 03.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ronnie Reese

Police brutality is not a black problem, nor is it a white problem. It is a people problem, and due to our city's status as one of America's major urban hubs, it is a matter of utmost importance to public school educators.

Families Of Slain Unarmed Black Men Send Powerful Messages To Protesters

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Thousands nationwide have mourned the deaths of unarmed black men -- but few have grieved as much as the relatives of those who have passed. On Sa...

Garner Chokehold Grand Jury Only the Latest Case of Justice Turning a Blind Eye to People of Color

Chris Benson | Posted 02.10.2015 | Crime
Chris Benson

If we don't see justice as a reality for African-Americans from street level on up through the system, from the unwarranted stops to unfair arrests to uneven sentencing, wrongful conviction and unjustifiable homicide, then how can we believe justice is possible?

If Time Were an Ocean

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

Michael Brown and I are the same, because if I had been walking down Canfield Drive on August 9, I probably would have been shot dead as well. Because that is the story of our nation

Other Mothers' Sons

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

Mothers have relinquished their boys to demarcations of manhood for centuries, whether it be going to college or the armed services. No woman should ever have to release their son to hate -- and that is what our nation has required of Black women for too long in our nation.

On Labor Day: The Tale Of Generational Struggle For Middle Class Wages

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices
Leo W. Gerard

Because of the injustice he saw inflicted on his grandparents, Fred Redmond has sought to ensure through collective bargaining that workers receive fair compensation for their labor and that every worker gain entrance to the middle class.

Emmett Till, Mike Brown, and a New Movement for an Old Law

Zachary Norris | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Zachary Norris

If a black person can be gunned down and left in the street for over four hours with no disciplinary action taken against the government representative responsible, what does "equal protection" mean?

Convenience Stores and Convenient Narratives

Michael W. Waters | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

Like Emmett and Trayvon before him, the surrounding details are disputed. Yet, the final outcome is the same. Once again, history may never know what exactly took place because Michael is not here to speak for himself.

End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance

Jay Dodd | Posted 10.11.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.

On Innocence and Black Boys in America

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Antwaun Sargent

I started to think about the kinds of black men who make American history and those who don't. I thought about Martin Luther King Jr. and about Trayvon Martin. I thought about how, increasingly, young African American boys displays of mundane freedoms are costing them their lives.

Alternative Black History: Negroes With Guns

Erikka Yancy | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Erikka Yancy

Inspired by Gandhi's success with non-violence and passive resistance in India's struggles, we know that Martin Luther King Jr. became the leader of the Civil Rights Movement by encouraging passive resistance. But these were violent times, the type of violence that is hard to imagine in 2014.

Looking Back on the Year of JFK and MLK, and On to Another Year of Exhaustive Storytelling

Chris Benson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Media
Chris Benson

Media leadership is vital, too, in breaking out of the echo chamber of the 24-7 news cycle. Enterprise, curiosity, critical assessment form the path to the enriching untold story.

Disgusting New York Post Front Page Goes Full 'Hey, Where the White Women At?' on Obama

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.11.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

In a bodega last week morning, picking up bananas, I saw the man in front of me on line holding a New York Post. Too bad he wouldn't be reading any ac...

Trayvon and Emmett Misused by Oprah and Beck

Jim Moore | Posted 10.09.2013 | Media
Jim Moore

Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till died too young, and their families' lives were changed forever; connected over the years by those facts, they share a common bond. Beyond that, there is simply no comparison.

Daddy and Me, Trayvon and 'The Talk'

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Roger Witherspoon

The Talk isn't about teaching black boys how to act or, more precisely, how to grovel before whites with guns. The purpose of The Talk is to lift a veil of innocence from the eyes of black boys so they can recognize a danger when it appears.

Trayvon Martin Is My Nephew, Our Brother, Your Son

Verneda White | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Verneda White

Be of service at this time. Connect with the children in your life. We cannot take for granted the time to engage with our young boys on taking positive action to mitigate how the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial may shape their life experiences.