Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act; Sykes wants to meet with U.S. AG Eric Holder to set Act in motion; needs financial support

Alvin Sykes, seeks justice for Emmett Till

Mary Sanchez
The Kansas City Star

So you might think that Alvin Sykes is a desperate man these days. He knows that each passing day is another lost in his nearly decade-long crusade to solve civil rights era murders.

He’s already done what few could fathom, helping persuade federal and Mississippi officials to reopen one of the best-known cases, the 1955 beating death of 14-year-old Emmett Till.

Last year he did what many a high-paid lobbyist seeks to accomplish — he got Congress to pass a bill pressing federal officials into the effort of solving the old crimes before witnesses and suspects die.

Now, he’s persuaded Attorney General Eric Holder to meet with him to set in motion the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act.

But Sykes can’t get to D.C. He’s a man with a worthy cause but no money. He’s trying to sell T-shirts — “T’s for Justice” — to raise money. Sykes needs a benefactor.

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