On January 10, the Senate unanimously passed legislation that will posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley. See the announcement below from the Leadership Conference.
However, congress has not made lynching a federal hate crime.
In August of 1955, 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, who is still alive, falsely accused 14-year-old Emmett Till of whistling at her in a store (he reportedly had a lisp and was unable to whistle.) Till, who was visiting from Chicago, was in Mississippi for the summer spending time with family. Within hours, he was kidnapped from his uncle’s home. The child was tortured, mutilated and thrown into the Tallahatchie River. His naked body was weighed down with a fan blade.
Mamie Till-Mobley passed away in 2003 at 81 years old.