S2 Ep7: A Letter From Heaven To America from Emmett Till

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Recently the US Justice Department closed its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till and said that no new charges would be filed. This episode was produced in Season 1 as Episode 15. Due to this recent decision we are releasing the audio drama again.

Two white men, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were tried on murder charges about a month after Till was killed, but an all-white Mississippi jury acquitted them. Months later, they confessed in a paid interview with Look magazine. Carolyn Bryant accused Emmett Till of whistling at her. Emmett Till was murdered 66 years ago on August 28, 1955, in Money, Mississippi. At only 14 years old, he was kidnapped, brutally tortured, lynched, and killed during a racially motivated hate crime that ultimately helped launch the modern-day civil rights movement. On August 30, 2019, Eli McClain was killed in Aurora, Colorado. The past is not past. The specter of Till’s devastating crime remains ever-present through modern-day racially motivated murders.

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