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In Remembrance of Emmett TillRegional Stories and Media Responses to the Black Freedom Struggle$
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Darryl Mace

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145365

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145365.001.0001

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Galvanizing the Emmett Till Generation

Galvanizing the Emmett Till Generation

(p.95) 6 Galvanizing the Emmett Till Generation
In Remembrance of Emmett Till

Darryl Mace

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 6 analyzes the posttrial reaction, covering the period from September 24, 1955, through the responses to the January 24, 1956, publication of “The Shocking Story of Approved Killing in Mississippi”–Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam’s confession to the lynching of Emmett Till. Key to the analysis is an investigation of firsthand accounts of experiences covering the Emmett Till trial. Out of fear for their safety, attendees reported these biographical recollections only after they left Mississippi. Also included in this chapter is an investigation into continued efforts on the part of the Deep South mainstream press, particularly the Jackson (MS) Daily News, to discredit the Till family through disparaging reports about trial witnesses, the NAACP, Mamie Till-Mobley, and Emmett’s father, Louis Till. Despite relentless attempts to defame black people and assuage white guilt, Emmett Till’s brutal murder galvanized a generation of activists to speak out against racial injustices.

Keywords:   Private Louis Till, Jackson Daily News, James Hicks, Look magazine, William Bradford Huie, Letters to the Editor, Editorials, Dr. T. R. M. Howard, Congressman Charles Diggs, Emmett Till Generation

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