Archive | Mamie Till Mobley

Emmett Till — One Day After the Anniverary

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” ― Frederick Douglass Who Killed Emmett Till, by Susan Klopfer Emmett Till was just a kid, a black kid from Chicago who had limited ideas about racial politics or an old man called Jim Crow. Till’s mother had given her son some warning before he went […]

Keith Beauchamp — Murder He Wrote (Who Killed Emmett Till?)

Keith Beauchamp, Emmett Till filmmaker.Beauchamp’s critical work prompted a new investigation into the Emmet Till murder; his film, “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.” (photo by Susan Klopfer)—–I am always surprised when a teacher, anthropologist, history professor, a John Grisham fan (this one always stops me) or some other person who SHOULD know the […]

Anniversary of Emmett Till’s Murder; Saturday, Aug. 28

This Saturday is the 55th anniversary of the murder of 14 year-old Emmett Till, an incident that galvanized the modern civil rights movement. (Left, the shed where Till was murdered on Aug. 28, 1955 outside of Drew, Mississippi. Photo by Susan Klopfer.) In observance, the Emmett Till Foundation today kicks off a weekend of observances commemorating […]

Story of the Woman Who Raised Emmett Till; Aug. 28, 55th Anniversary of Till’s Murder

We are coming up on the 55th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till (Aug. 28, 1955). Here is a story about Emmett’s mother that I recently learned: The story goes that during a course Mamie Till-Mobley took at the Chicago Teachers College in 1957, where she was the oldest student in the class, she […]

Return trip to the Land of Emmett Till


Photo from the trial of Emmett Till’s murderers. Mrs. Till-Mobley, third from left, stands next to Dr. T.R.M. Howard, at her right. SOME THIRTY YEARS after reporting on the Emmett Till case for Ebony magazine, Cloyte Murdock Larsson, a former Ebony staffer, returned to write an article on “The New Mississippi.” (Cloyte Murdock Larsson, “Land […]

Chicago Killing; Will Death of Derrion Albert Rouse Others to Action?

Derrion Albert, 16, was beaten to death on a Chicago street last week when he got caught in a rampage by a mob. Now some ask for his mother to open the casket the way another courageous mother did when her baby boy was brutalized and murdered 54 years ago. Mamie Till demanded that the […]

Sumner, Mississippi, Till Murder Trial; ‘First, Great Media Event of the Civil Rights Movement’

Bridge over the Cassidy Bayou in Sumner, Miss. Tallahatchie County courthouse in background — site of the 1955 Milam-Bryant trial, the men who killed Emmett Till. Photo by Susan Klopfer. + + +In observance of the 54th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955), I am blogging my […]