Protesters in Raleigh, North Carolina have turned their outrage into action in the unserved arrest warrant for Carolyn Bryant Donham’s involvement in the egregious murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955.
WRAL reported that protesters had gotten word that Bryant Donham, now, resided in Raleigh, and on Wednesday (July 6), dozens of demonstrators marched at a facility for the elderly and other locations to demand that the octogenarian be held accountable for her part in Till’s death.
"It's time for you to answer," one demonstrator told the news outlet, as they knocked on the door of a Raleigh home.
"I want her to go turn herself in, and I want her to not be able to get no peace until she sees Emmett Till's face," someone else said.
The protesters and Till’s family also want the state of North Carolina to extradite Bryant Donham back to Mississippi to face charges.
"I do understand that Ms. Bryant is in her mid- to late-80s, but understandably, this is a crime she committed when she was 22. Sixty years later, it's time for her to be held accountable," said Monte, who opted not to use his full name.
BET.com reported last month that an over six-decades-old arrest warrant for Bryant Donham was discovered in the basement of a Mississippi courthouse. Till’s remaining family members had initiated a search for information when they stumbled upon the document that was determined to be authentic.
Till’s killers were never brought to justice. The Chicago teen was brutally murdered when he went to visit family in rural Mississippi in 1955. He was kidnapped, tortured and killed after being accused of whistling and flirting with then 20-something Bryant Donham. Roy Bryant, her husband at the time, and her brother-in-law, J.W. Milam, were acquitted of the heinous crime. They would later confess to his murder after the threat of jail was no longer an issue.
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