Where is Emmett Till's family today?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of Emmitt and a tireless advocator of civil rights, died in Chicago in 2003. She was 81.

Reverend Jesse Jackson delivered the eulogy, saying, "In many ways the killers saw (Till's death) as a hole, but Mamie saw an earthquake, and she used the aftershocks of the earthquake to wake up and shake up a nation."

Mamie joined the efforts of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks in order to promote justice and unity. She later married Gennie Mobley, Jr., got her bachelor's degree and became a teacher in Chicago.

Emmitt's story, and that of his brave mother, are told in the series "Eyes on the Prize," which I highly recommend. You can also read the moving obituary at the second link below.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Emmett Till was an only child, and his parents are no longer living. I have pasted for you below some links to sites where you can find more information. PBS did a documentary about his murder and its aftereffects, and the History Channel series "The Fifties" features a segment about him. The NPR link is an article about his home county's finally acknowledging and apologizing for what happened.

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