Music Break: Bob Dylan – The Death of Emmett Til

July 12, 2018

USAToday:

JACKSON, Miss. – The FBI is once again investigating the grisly murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy whose abduction lit a fire under the civil rights movement in 1955. And even after 63 years, the news couldn’t come soon enough for Emmett’s relatives.

“We want the process to work, and we want justice to prevail for Emmett,” Deborah Watts, Emmett’s cousin, told USA TODAY. “This cannot just be forgotten.”

Till, who was black, was abducted Aug. 28, 1955, three days after Carolyn Donham, a white 21-year-old shopkeeper in the town of Money, said the 14-year-old grabbed and wolf-whistled at her.

The battered body of Till, nicknamed “Bobo,” was found three days later in the Tallahatchie River. The viciousness of the killing rocked the nation, and the woman’s then-husband and another man were charged with murder. Both were acquitted by an all-white jury that year.

The Justice Department said in a statement Thursday that it was reopening the investigation “after receiving new information” it did not detail. The decision was revealed to Congress in a February report and was first reported by the Associated Press.

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Four months after the widely publicized trial, Look magazine published an account of the killing  it said it obtained from Donham’s then-husband, Roy Bryant, and his brother, J.W. Milam. In the article, the men admit beating Till and tossing him in the river, weighed down with a 74-pound cotton gin fan.

Milam told the magazine the men wanted to beat and scare Till, not kill him. But when he could not be frightened, they decided to kill him, Milam said.

“What else could we do?” Milam told the magazine.  “… He’s tired o’ livin’. I’m likely to kill him.”

Below, Till’s Mother insisted that his funeral be open casket, to bear testimony to the brutality of his murder.

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2 Responses to “Music Break: Bob Dylan – The Death of Emmett Til”

  1. redskylite Says:

    This is the saddest Music Break I’ve seen since following your daily commentaries. A story I’ve not heard before, not a hit but a bootleg song. Thank god for Dylan, he was a spark of life and hope. Having grown up through the period of “Times they are a changing” seen the end of busing and other barbaric practices, I hope and pray we have moved on not to return. Hopefully the days of seeing two adult white men proudly beating to death a 14 year old child and getting away with it are passed.

    • redskylite Says:

      Ever since its release the song has been influential to people’s views on society, with critics noting the general yet universal lyrics as contributing to the song’s lasting message of change. – wikipedia


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