African American History

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African American History Final

Anique Thomas



The civil rights movement in the United States was a very important part of African American history. Different events and many different amazing leaders made it possible for African American freedom. The civil rights movement was a time of tragedy and triumph. Many different events took place during the civil rights movement that set the course for African American for a lifetime. There were major events that took place during the civil right movement and will be discussed in question one.

On August 25th 1955, was the death of Emmett Till. Emmett Till who is originally from Chicago was traveling with his cousin Curtis Jones to Money Mississippi. Money Mississippi is where Emmett Till took his last breath. Emmett Till made what was a really bad decision in that time period, he said "Hey Baby" to a white woman by the name of Carolyn Bryant.

Carolyn told both her husband Roy Bryant and brother JW Milam. Both Roy and JW took matters into their own hands. They went to the home of Mose Wright, Emmett Till's great uncle and Curtis Jones grandfather. They then demanded for Emmett Till to come out of the house and get into the car because he was in some trouble. They then killed Emmet Till leaving his body in the Tallahatchie River.

Emmett Till's body was found and brought to Chicago for all to see. The NAACP worked on the trial and brought in lawyers. Their goal was to publicize the death of Emmitt Till as much as possible. The NAACP used television and magazines to get the news out so the terror in the south could be seen all through the United States. Even though both Roy Bryant and JW Milam confessed to the murder...