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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
for showing us the courage of those who stood up to
the Southern bigots, racists, and murderers.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2005) - 70 minutes
The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till at Amazon.com

The Civil Rights Movement didn’t just start with Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks. It started with Emmett Till.

The film that helped reopen one of history's most notorious cold case civil rights murders is the result of the director's 10-year journey to uncover the truth. Many consider this case to be the major catalyst for the American Civil Rights Movement that changed the course of history.

In August 1955, Mamie Till-Mobley of Chicago sent her only child, 14 year-old Emmett Louis Till, to visit relatives in the Mississippi Delta. Little did she know that only 8 days later, Emmett would be abducted from his Great-Uncle's home, brutally beaten and murdered for one of the oldest Southern taboos: whistling at a white woman in public.

This groundbreaking film shows unprecedented accounts by first-hand witnesses, many speaking out for the first time, and the discovery of potentially guilty parties still living and liable for prosecution.

12-7-21 Emmett Till: US closes investigation without charges
The US government has closed an inquiry into the infamous 1955 murder of a black boy in Mississippi after failing to corroborate an author's claim that a key figure in the case lied. The Department of Justice (DoJ) made the announcement after meeting Emmett Till's relatives in Illinois on Monday. The Chicago 14-year-old was kidnapped, tortured and killed after a white woman said he had harassed her at a store. His death galvanised America's then-budding civil rights movement. Emmett's mother insisted on an open coffin at the funeral, and the published photos of the boy's brutalised remains shocked the nation. The DoJ reopened the case in 2018 after a book cast doubt on the testimony of a white woman who was central to the case. Carolyn Bryant Donham said Emmett had grabbed her by the waist, uttered a profanity and asked her for a date while she was alone in the family grocery store on the evening of 24 August 1955 in Money, Mississippi. But a 2017 best-selling book, The Blood of Emmett Till, by historian Timothy Tyson, quoted her as recanting this story. The author said she had indicated - in her first ever known interview - that her courtroom testimony six decades earlier about Emmett's purported sexual advance was unfounded. However, the DoJ said in a statement on Monday that the FBI had interviewed Ms Donham, and she had denied ever disavowing her testimony, and did not provide any further information. They added that authorities concluded there was "insufficient evidence to prove that she ever told the professor [Mr Tyson] that any part of her testimony was untrue". "Although the professor represented that he had recorded two interviews with her, he provided the FBI with only one recording, which did not contain any recantation." The statement added: "The professor also provided inconsistent explanations about whether the missing recording included the alleged recantation or whether, instead, the woman made the key admission before he began recording the interview." Officials also said there was nothing to validate the claim that Ms Donham had disavowed her story in any transcript of Mr Tyson's interviews. The author quotes Ms Donham in the book as saying: "That part's not true. Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him."

7-12-18 US reopens investigation of Emmett Till slaying 63 years later
The US government has reopened an investigation into the 1955 murder of a black 14-year-old boy whose death galvanised the civil rights movement.. A Department of Justice (DOJ) report states the agency had received "new information" about the Emmett Till case, but offered no further details. Till was murdered in Mississippi after a white woman accused him of making lewd remarks and touching her. A recent book quoted the woman as admitting she lied in her testimony. The DOJ investigation was announced to lawmakers on 26 March, but has come to light this week after a report by the Associated Press. It is unclear what new information prompted the government to reopen the case, but a book published last year, The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B Tyson, had said Carolyn Donham, the white woman who testified against Till, admitted she lied about the teenager's actions in 1955 during a 2008 interview. "Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him," Mr Tyson's book quotes Donham, now in her 80s, as saying. In a letter to a US lawmaker last year, Acting Assistant Attorney General T E Wheeler II had said that the DOJ was "assessing whether the newly revealed statement could warrant additional investigation", the Clarion-Ledger reported. Last April, the Ledger reported that Till's relatives had urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reopen the case.

The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till
for showing us the courage of those who stood up to
the Southern bigots, racists, and murderers.