Exactly 60 years after the horrific death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, his family traveled back to his gravesite to commemorate his life and legacy, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The setting was Money, Miss., where a young African-American boy allegedly whistled at a white woman during a time when such interactions were deadly. After going missing for three days, the young boy's body was found in the Tallahatchie River. The case sparked outrage among Black members of the Mississippi community and sparked fear in the lives of Black families across the country.
On Sunday, Till’s family gathered in the Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago to help connect the dots between the past and the present.
“Lives have been changed," Till’s cousin Wheeler Parker Jr. said at the service. "Our culture has been changed because Emmett speaks.”
Sunday's church service serves as part of a larger, week-long celebration for the life of Till.
Sandra Bland's mother also attended the service adorned with the infamous photo of Till’s battered face.
Al Sharpton was not able to attend, but he pledged $5,000 to the Mamie Till Mobley Foundation.
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