Emmett Didn't Know the Rules Essay

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Emmett Till had been visiting family in the late summer of 1955. He hadn't known the rules in Southern United States. That was his first mistake. Emmett Till, an innocent 14 year old colored boy, found at the bottom of the Tallahatchie River in 1955. 2 white men had been accused of the murder. His mother, Mamie Till, was not about to let someone get away with the murder of her 14 year old son. She wanted the people to see what had been done and Mamie Till wanted justice to be served. Mamie Till was fed up with the inequality and wanted to change it. She had her eyes on the prize. Emmett Till was born on July 25, 1941; he was from Chicago, Illinois. Emmett had been an adventurous child, and hadn't know much about his father. His father, …show more content…
Mamie Till was skeptical about it because she wanted Emmett to stay with her and go on a road trip with her instead. Mamie let him leave in hopes that he would change his mind and want to go with her instead. Mississippi was an opportunity he didn't want to pass up. The day before Emmett left, Mamie gave Emmett his fathers signet ring, one of the only possessions she had from her former husband. The next day, Mamie raced her son to the train station. Their kiss goodbye would be the last time she would see her son alive. On August 24, 1955, around 7:30 pm, Emmett and 7 other colored boys had parked in from of the Bryant Grocery. The boys had argued about who would be able to get Mrs. Bryant to go on a date with one of them. Emmett ends up grabbing her wrist and asking her on a date. One of his cousins sees what he is doing and quickly grabs him and they run out; Emmett shouts back at Mrs. Bryant saying “bye baby”. As she is running out to the car to grab her gun, Emmett loudly whistles at her. August 26, 1955, Mrs. Bryant’s husband returns to Mississippi after working on a boat in Texas. That afternoon, at the store, a colored boy tells Roy, Mrs. Bryant’s husband, about the August 24 incident at the store involving Emmett and his wife. When he asks his wife about the incident, she urges him to forget about it; but he doesn’t. On August 27, 1955, around 10:30 p.m., Roy Bryant's half-brother J. W. Milam stops by Bryant's store. Bryant talks to Milam about how he

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