Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Mamie till Mobley, Mother of Emmett till, Dies at 81

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Mamie till Mobley, Mother of Emmett till, Dies at 81

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The mother of Emmett Till, whose 1955 race-motivated killing became a catalyst for the civil rights movement, died of heart failure earlier this month in Chicago.

In an Associated Press article last month, Mamie Till Mobley, 81, said she remained haunted by the Mississippi killing of her 14-year-old son. An all-White jury acquitted half brothers J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant in the Black teenager's death, though Look magazine published an article with their alleged confession four months later.

"I've been trying to get that case reopened since 1956," said Mobley, who traveled the country speaking about the case. "People have told me to let this thing die, even people in my own family. But people need to be aware."

Civil rights leaders credit both Till and Mobley with helping to spark the movement that ended Jim Crow segregation laws and passed the Civil Rights Act, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said earlier this month after Mobley's death. …

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