The United States has many stories of police violence. But some of them have taken a little longer to rise to the surface.
Emmett Till was beaten, shot and drowned in a river in Mississippi on August 28, 1955. He was 14 years old.
His killing spurred the civil rights movement and inspired events like the historic 1963 March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr spoke of his “Dream” for the country.
At the tail end of a summer that has been dominated by conversations about white supremacy and police brutality, we look back at Emmett’s life and death, and the unresolved investigation into his killing.
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Natalia Aldana and Priyanka Tilve produced this episode with Dina Kesbeh, Alexandra Locke, Amy Walters, Ney Alvarez, Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha, and Malika Bilal.
Alex Roldan is The Take’s sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take’s Executive Producer and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s Head of Audio.