Last living accomplice in Emmett Till’s murder still free, fight for justice continues

On March 12, people gathered in Smith Park in downtown Jackson and marched to the Governor’s Mansion to demand that Carolyn Bryant Donham, the last living accomplice in the infamous murder of Emmett Till, 14, gets the warrant the Justice Department never served.

The march comes just days after Congress passed the Emmett Till bill to finally make lynching a hate crime in the United States. Shamefully, it took some 200 defeated bills over the past century to get American politicians to ban the racist practice of lynching, which has its roots in the era of household slavery. There is no doubt that this recent development is an influence of the 2020 summer rebellion in which tens of millions marched against racist terrorism.

Emmett Till’s case itself has been reopened and closed twice in the past 67 years, but the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation has not allowed the unjust US justice system to silence the fight. Members of Till’s family were present at the march and spoke of continuing the fight for Emmett’s mother, Mamie, who bravely opened the casket for the world to see what a racist mob had done to her son unique.

“This fight for Emmett Till is the fight to end the nightmare of American terrorism,” said Jaribu Hill, founder and executive director of the Mississippi Worker’s Center for Human Rights. “Because you can walk out of your house, you can walk down the street and get shot just because of the color of your skin,” he continued.

Despite attempts by the US criminal justice system to dismiss, minimize and cover up this infamous lynching, Emmett Till’s family continues to demand justice.

“Everyday [Carolyn Donham] is not stopped, it is a choice,” said Joshua Till, a member of the Till family.

Representatives from the North Mississippi NAACP, Mississippi MOVE, Southern Region New Black Panther Party, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, Louisiana United International, as well as Mississippi lawmakers, were present and addressed rally attendees. . Emmett Till continues to live on in the collective memory of many Mississippians

The chants of “She Lied – He Died” referenced the still-living Carolyn Bryant Donham as the instigator of Emmett’s lynching. A system of white supremacy protected women like Carolyn and continues to do so to this day. It’s been 67 years since the lies of a 21-year-old white woman led to the brutal murder of a 14-year-old black boy by white vigilantes in Mississippi.

Gerald Justice, one of the main organizers of the Southern Region New Black Panther Party, who traveled from Houston to Jackson to attend the rally, said:[lynchings] are still a big problem today. Most people won’t even believe it.

The only recent passage in Emmett Till’s anti-lynching law is a reminder that only a united grassroots movement of the oppressed and the working class can force the hand of American politicians to indict Carolyn Donham.

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation’s online petition has garnered over 300,000 signatures calling for Carolyn to be brought to justice. You can sign the petition to demand that Carolyn be charged.

Elna M. Lemons