The Senate passes bills to honor Emmett Till and his mother

The Senate has passed a bill to award the congressional gold medal posthumously to Emmett Till, the Chicago teen murdered by white supremacists in the 1950s, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley

WASHINGTON – Senate has passed a bill to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till, the Chicago teenager murdered by white supremacists in the 1950s, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who insisted on an open coffin burial to demonstrate the brutality of his drab.

Till was abducted, tortured and killed after witnesses said he whistled to a white woman at a grocery store in rural Mississippi, a violation of the South’s racist social code at the time. In return, he was torn out of bed and abducted from an older brother’s home in the early morning hours four days later.

The killing sparked the civil rights movement after Till’s mother insisted on an open coffin, and Jet magazine published photos of his brutalized body.

Sens. Cory Booker, DN.J. and Richard Burr, RN.C., presented the bill to honor Till and his mother with the highest civilian honor bestowed on Congress. They described the legislation as a long-awaited recognition of what the Till family endured and what they accomplished in their fight against injustice.

The House version of the legislation is sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. He has also sponsored a bill to issue a commemorative stamp in honor of Mamie Till-Mobley.

.

Leave a Comment