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Jet Magazine - Story about Emmett Till

Jet Magazine-Story about Emmett Till

WARNING:  THIS IMAGE CONTAINS VERY DISTURBING PICTURES OF THE REMAINS OF EMMETT TILL.  HIS MOTHER ALLOWED THE PHOTOS TO BE TAKEN SO THAT EVERYONE COULD SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO HER SON DURING HIS STAY IN MISSISSIPPI.

Reporters from Jet  were at the scene of Emmett Till's funeral in September of 1955.  The article, which the magazine published, created a national sensation since the story contained pictures of Emmett's horrifically disfigured remains.

Emmett's mother—Mamie Till-Bradley (later known as Mamie Till-Mobley)—wanted the world to see what had happened to her child. Her actions—first insisting that she be allowed to see her son's remains and then allowing the world to also view them via pictures taken at her child's funeral—ignited what would become the "Civil Rights Movement."

This image depicts a section of Jet's  September 15, 1955 issue. It includes the story about Emmett Till.

When people throughout the world saw these horrific pictures, they were stunned that such a crime against a young teenager could have happened. The memory of the images stayed with individuals—like Ed Bradley, of "60 Minutes"—who first saw them when he was about Emmett's age.

Those images later caused Ed to do an investigative story, for "60 Minutes," on Emmett's kidnapping and murder. A section of that broadcast is available for online viewing.

The article in Jet also had a great impact on Keith Beauchamp who wondered what had really happened to Emmett. Were there others, beyond Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, who were involved in the kidnapping? Was anyone else involved in the murder? If so, shouldn't these people be brought to justice? 

Beauchamp's investigation, which took many years, was extensive. He brought his findings to Senator Charles Schumer who was (and still is) involved with a Senate committee overseeing the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, Beauchamp produced a documentary entitled "The Untold Story of Emmett Luis Till."

Emmett's mother died on the 6th of January, in 2003, at the age of 81. Long before that time, she'd forgiven the men who had kidnapped and killed her son.

In her last public appearance, about one month before her death, Miss Mamie explained her reasons for forgiveness. She also compared her life, after the murder of her son, to the lives of Emmett's murderers.

Carolyn Bryant Donham—the wife of Roy Bryant who testified at trial (outside the presence of the jury) that Emmett Till had made physical and verbal advances toward her—has acknowledged, to the author of a new book, that she was untruthful at trial about those alleged actions. Her story, and her confession, are part of Timothy B. Tyson's book entitled The Blood of Emmett Till .

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During the time she talked with Tyson, in 2007, Carolyn said:

Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.

Click on the "Jet" image to enlarge the page. Be warned, however, that the photos are extremely difficult to view.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Sep 25, 2018


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Section of Jet magazine's September 15, 1955 edition.  Online, via Google Books and Jet magazine.  Copyright, Jet magazine, all rights reserved.  Provided here as fair use for educational purposes.

 

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