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Pamela Beverly-Quigley

Park City, Utah (USA)

 

For Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley

(Emmett Till’s Mother)

2020

 

Emmett Till was 14 years old when several men broke into this uncles house, kidnapped and

viscously murdered him. The date was August 25, 1955. Carolyn Bryant Donham had told several men, including her husband that young Emmett had come behind the counter in the store she worked at and grabbed her while saying “sexually’ crude” things to her.

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Photo of Emmett Till

Emmett was visiting Mississippi from Chicago during the Jim-Crow era. Emmett’s mother had an open casket at his funeral wanting all to see the violence exacted on her son.

 

Emmett was visiting Mississippi from Chicago during the Jim-Crow era. Emmett’s mother had an open casket at his funeral wanting all to see the violence exacted on her son.

As long as I live I will never forget the photos I saw years ago of Emmett’s funeral and the look on his Mother’s face.

 

The murderer’s were caught and eventually put on trial but were acquitted by an all-white male jury. Carolyn Donham kept her story going for six decades and in 2008 told a historian that she exaggerated and he had not done the things she accused him of.

 

This is just one story among hundreds highlighting the ugliness and horrors of racism. These life events, like George Floyds murder by the police this year, should be enough for all Americans to wake up and recognize change is long overdue. We must overcome the paradigm of racism by stepping-up in support of our brothers and sisters of all races. Americans are resilient and we are capable of the changes needed to create equality in this country.

 

We all need to be outraged at the gross injustices people of color have had to endure in this country and collectively work to eradicate those injustices. At this historic time, our country is coming together and yelling at the top of our lungs we will not tolerate it for even one minute longer.

 

Black Lives Absolutely Matter…it is absurd to think otherwise.

 

Pamela Beverly-Quigley

For Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley

(Emmett Till’s Mother)

2020