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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 chose her son as the subject of an assigned speech. After giving the speech, there was a long silence in the classroom until someone meekly asked the professor what grade he thought her speech deserved. “To grade it would be to diminish it,” he replied.

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