As a companion podcast to Destination Freedom Black Radio Days comes The Eclectic. First Up: Emmett Till was murdered 65 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. We bring you our interview with Deborah Watts founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and Emmett Till’s cousin. This interview was conducted in July of 2020.
The past is not past. The specter of Till’s devastating crime remains ever-present through modern-day racially motivated murders. The burdens borne by families such as Emmett’s (Thelma Wright Edwards and Deborah Watts), Eli McClain, (Sheneen McClain), George Floyd’s (Philonise and LaTonya Floyd) Ahmaud Arbery’s (Wanda Cooper Jones and Marcus Arbery Sr.), Trayvon Martin’s (Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin), Jordan Davis’ (Lucy McBath and Ron Davis), Eric Garner’s (Gwen Carr), Breonna Taylor’s (Tamika Palmer) De Von Bailey (Delisha Searcy) and many others force them to speak up loudly, demand justice and take action when others won’t.
The Eclectic features interviews with difference makers, artists, authors, bold thinkers, and people we love who get stuff done. Produced and hosted by donnie l. betts of No Credits Productions.
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