Family of Emmett Till Urges Department of Justice to Reopen Investigation


The family of Emmett Till and their supporters are asking officials to reopen the investigation of the Black teenager’s 1955 lynching in Money, Mississippi. Deborah Watts, a cousin of Till’s said during a news conference at the state capitol that time is running out for Carolyn Bryant Donham, 88, to be brought to justice for her involvement in the 14-year-old’s death. “Time is not on our side,” said Watts, who lives in Minnesota and leads the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, according to the Associated Press. Although the case is nearly 68 years old, justice still has not been served as far as the family is concerned and they feel Donham should be charged with murder. "For the state of Mississippi to actually acknowledge that a white woman would be charged in a crime” that she is responsible for,” another family member, Priscilla Sterling, told Mississippi Public Radio. “They would actually take action and really and truly be held accountable for what they have let slide through history for 67 years."


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